This ETF Holds Stocks Insiders Want to Own

A look at the weighted underlying holdings of the Vanguard Energy ETF (VDE) shows an impressive 18.3% of holdings on a weighted basis have experienced insider buying within the past six months.

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Basic Energy Services Inc ( BAS), which makes up 0.07% of the Vanguard Energy ETF (VDE), has seen 2 directors and officers purchase shares in the past six months, according to the recent Form 4 data. The ETF holds a total of $2,966,074 worth of BAS, making it the #91 largest holding. The table below details the recent insider buying activity observed at BAS:

BAS — last trade: $22.90 — Recent Insider Buys:

Purchased Insider Title Shares Price/Share Value
08/07/2017 Timothy H. Day Director 15,000 $18.69 $280,324
08/07/2017 Timothy H. Day Director 15,000 $18.69 $280,324
08/30/2017 Samuel E. Langford Director 2,000 $14.20 $28,400

And Sanchez Energy Corp. ( SN), the #95 largest holding among components of the Vanguard Energy ETF (VDE), shows 3 directors and officers as recently filing Form 4's indicating purchases. The ETF holds $3,225,844 worth of SN, which represents approximately 0.07% of the ETF's total assets at last check. The recent insider buying activity observed at SN is detailed in the table below:

SN — last trade: $5.18 — Recent Insider Buys:

Purchased Insider Title Shares Price/Share Value
09/14/2017 Eduardo Augusto Sanchez President 100,000 $4.77 $476,590
09/13/2017 Antonio R. Sanchez III Chief Executive Officer 100,000 $4.45 $445,380
09/15/2017 Patricio D. Sanchez Executive Vice President 320,000 $4.55 $1,455,538

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