The directors of a company tend to have a unique inside view into the business, so when directors make major buys, investors are wise to take notice. Presumably the only reason a director of a company would choose to take their hard-earned cash and use it to buy stock in the open market, is that they expect to make money — maybe they find the stock very undervalued, or maybe they see exciting progress within the company, or maybe both. So in this series we look at the largest insider buys by company directors over the trailing six month period, one of which was a total of $102.6K by R. Eugene Taylor, Director at Sonic Automotive, Inc. (SAH).

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Taylor bets big on SAH:
Purchased Insider Title Shares Price/Share Value
03/20/2017 R. Eugene Taylor Director 5,000 $20.51 $102,572.50

Taylor's average cost works out to $20.51/share. In trading on Wednesday, bargain hunters could buy shares of Sonic Automotive, Inc. ( SAH) and achieve a cost basis lower than Taylor, with shares changing hands as low as $19.80 per share. Shares of Sonic Automotive, Inc. were changing hands at $20.20 at last check, trading up about 2% on Wednesday. The chart below shows the one year performance of SAH shares, versus its 200 day moving average:

Sonic Automotive, Inc. Chart

Looking at the chart above, SAH's low point in its 52 week range is $16.08 per share, with $27.45 as the 52 week high point — that compares with a last trade of $20.20.

The current annualized dividend paid by Sonic Automotive, Inc. is $0.20/share, currently paid in quarterly installments, and its most recent dividend ex-date was on 03/13/2017. Below is a long-term dividend history chart for SAH, which can be of good help in judging whether the most recent dividend with approx. 1.0% annualized yield is likely to continue.

SAH+Dividend+History+Chart

SAH makes up 2.44% of the PowerShares Dynamic Retail Portfolio ETF ( PMR)

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