15 Stocks that Insiders Love in 2017

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An insider trade occurs when a corporate executive (such as a CEO, CFO or COO) that has non-public information about a company buys or sells shares of that company's stock. Company insiders are required by law to regularly report their stock purchases and sales to the SEC.

Tracking a company's insider trades is a metric that can be used to identify the direction that the company's executives believes that the company is headed. If a number of insiders purchase more shares of their company, they may believe that the company will have strong future earnings and that the share price will increase in the near future.

For example, if Microsoft's CEO, CFO and COO all recently purchased additional shares of Microsoft stock, that would be an indication that there could be unreported news that may positively effect Microsoft's stock price in the near future.

This slideshow lists the 15 companies that have had the highest levels of insider buying within the last 180 days.

#1 - WillScot (NASDAQ:WSC)

Dollar Amount of Shares Purchased: $415,381,449.60
Number of Insider Purchases in the Last 180 Days: 1
Volume of Shares Purchased: 43,268,901
Who Bought Shares: Holding SA RL Sapphire (Major Shareholder)

Insider Trades by Quarter for WillScot (NASDAQ:WSC)

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#2 - TD Ameritrade (NASDAQ:AMTD)

Dollar Amount of Shares Purchased: $399,999,995.64
Number of Insider Purchases in the Last 180 Days: 1
Volume of Shares Purchased: 11,074,197
Who Bought Shares: Luxembourg International Ho Td (Major Shareholder)

Insider Trades by Quarter for TD Ameritrade (NASDAQ:AMTD)

TD Ameritrade logoTD Ameritrade Holding Corporation is a provider of securities brokerage services and related technology-based financial services. The Company provides its services to retail investors, traders and independent registered investment advisors (RIAs). The Company provides its services through the Internet, a national branch network and relationships with RIAs. The Company's products and services include common and preferred stock, exchange-traded funds, options, futures, foreign exchange, mutual funds, fixed income, new and secondary issue securities, margin lending, cash management services and annuities. The Company uses its platform to offer brokerage services to retail investors and investment advisors. In addition, it also offers various products and services to retail clients, such as touch-tone trading, trading over the Internet, real-time quotes, extended trading hours and direct access to market destinations.

#3 - Alexion Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ALXN)

Dollar Amount of Shares Purchased: $235,606,845.67
Number of Insider Purchases in the Last 180 Days: 3
Volume of Shares Purchased: 2,019,734
Who Bought Shares: Bros Advisors Lp Baker (Director) and Ludwig Hantson (CEO)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Alexion Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ALXN)

Alexion Pharmaceuticals logoAlexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on the development and commercialization of therapeutic products. The Company's products include Soliris (eculizumab), Strensiq (asfotase alfa) and Kanuma (sebelipase alfa). The Company's clinical development programs include Soliris (eculizumab), cPMP (ALXN1101), SBC-103, ALXN1210 (IV) and ALXN1210 (Subcutaneous). Its Soliris is the therapeutic approved for patients with either paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) or hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS). PNH and aHUS result from chronic uncontrolled activation of the complement component of the immune system. Its Strensiq is for the treatment of patients with Hypophosphatasia (HPP). Its product, Kanuma is for the treatment of patients with Lysosomal Acid Lipase Deficiency (LAL-D). It is a recombinant form of the human LAL enzyme, which is a replacement therapy that is approved for the treatment for patients with LAL-D.

#4 - Coty (NYSE:COTY)

Dollar Amount of Shares Purchased: $218,649,091.47
Number of Insider Purchases in the Last 180 Days: 17
Volume of Shares Purchased: 13,058,505
Who Bought Shares: Ayesha Zafar (SVP), Camillo Pane (CEO), Cosmetics BV Jab (Major Shareholder), Edgar O Huber (Insider), Greerson Greene Mcmullen (Insider), Peter Harf (Director), Robert S Singer (Director), Sebastien Froidefond (Insider) and Sylvie Moreau (Insider)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Coty (NYSE:COTY)

Coty logoCoty Inc. is a beauty company. The Company operates through four segments: Fragrances, Color Cosmetics, Skin & Body Care and Brazil Acquisition. Its fragrance products include a range of men's and women's products. Its fragrance brands include Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Davidoff, Chloe, Balenciaga, Beyonce, Bottega Veneta, Miu Miu and Roberto Cavalli. Its color cosmetics products include lip, eye, nail and facial color products. The brands in its Color Cosmetics segment include Bourjois, Rimmel, Sally Hansen and OPI. Its skin & body care products include shower gels, deodorants, skin care and sun treatment products. Its skin & body care brands are adidas, Lancaster, philosophy and Playboy. The Company, through Hypermarcas S.A., engages in personal care and beauty business. The Brazil Acquisition segment includes product groupings, such as skin care, nail care, deodorants and hair care products. It operates in the Americas; Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Asia Pacific.

#5 - Internationa Flavors & Fragrances (NYSE:IFF)

Dollar Amount of Shares Purchased: $170,403,273.24
Number of Insider Purchases in the Last 180 Days: 33
Volume of Shares Purchased: 1,269,400
Who Bought Shares: Winder Investment Pte Ltd (Major Shareholder)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Internationa Flavors & Fragrances (NYSE:IFF)

Internationa Flavors & Fragrances logoInternational Flavors & Fragrances Inc. creates, manufactures and supplies flavors and fragrances (including cosmetic active ingredients) used to impart or improve flavor or fragrance in a range of consumer products. The Company operates in two segments: Flavors and Fragrances. The Flavors segment offers flavor compounds that are sold to the food and beverage industries for use in consumer products, such as prepared foods, beverages, dairy, food and sweet products. The Fragrances segment offers fragrance compounds and fragrance ingredients. Its cosmetic active ingredients consist of active and functional ingredients, botanicals and delivery systems to support its customers' cosmetic and personal care product lines. Its products are sold to manufacturers of perfumes and cosmetics, hair and other personal care products, soaps and detergents, meat and other processed foods, beverages, snacks and savory foods, sweet and baked goods, and pharmaceutical and oral care products, among others.

#6 - World Point Terminals (NYSE:WPT)

Dollar Amount of Shares Purchased: $159,070,697.40
Number of Insider Purchases in the Last 180 Days: 2
Volume of Shares Purchased: 9,194,838
Who Bought Shares: World Point Terminals, Inc (Major Shareholder)

Insider Trades by Quarter for World Point Terminals (NYSE:WPT)

World Point Terminals logoWorld Point Terminals, LP owns, operates, develops and acquires liquid bulk storage terminals and other assets relating to the storage of petroleum products, including light refined products, heavy refined products and crude oil. The Company operates fee-based facilities located along the East Coast, Gulf Coast and Midwest regions of the United States. As of December 31, 2016, through its subsidiary, Center Point Terminal Company, LLC (Center Point), the Company owned and operated 15.6 million barrels of tankage at terminals, which are located in the East Coast, Gulf Coast and Midwest regions of the United States. The Company's terminal facilities are located on waterways, providing ship or barge access for the movement of petroleum products, and have truck racks with loading logistics. Its terminal facilities also have rail or pipeline access.

#7 - Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:REGN)

Dollar Amount of Shares Purchased: $114,873,840.03
Number of Insider Purchases in the Last 180 Days: 2
Volume of Shares Purchased: 238,793
Who Bought Shares: Sanofi (Major Shareholder)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:REGN)

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals logoRegeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, invents, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines for the treatment of serious medical conditions. The Company commercializes medicines for eye diseases, high low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and an inflammatory condition and have product candidates in development in other areas, including rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, atopic dermatitis, pain, cancer, and infectious diseases. The Company's marketed products include EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection, Praluent (alirocumab) Injection, ARCALYST (rilonacept) Injection for Subcutaneous Use, Kevzara (sarilumab) Solution for Subcutaneous Injection and ZALTRAP (ziv-aflibercept) Injection for Intravenous Infusion. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had 16 product candidates in clinical development, which consisted of a Trap-based clinical program and 15 fully human monoclonal antibody product candidates.

#8 - Sprint (NYSE:S)

Dollar Amount of Shares Purchased: $112,608,289.38
Number of Insider Purchases in the Last 180 Days: 6
Volume of Shares Purchased: 18,651,252
Who Bought Shares: Group Corp Softbank (Major Shareholder)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Sprint (NYSE:S)

Sprint logoSprint Corporation (Sprint) is a holding company. The Company, along with its subsidiaries, is a communications company offering a range of wireless and wireline communications products and services that are designed to meet the needs of consumers, businesses, government subscribers and resellers. It operates through two segments: Wireless and Wireline. The Company offers wireless services on a postpaid and prepaid payment basis to retail subscribers and also on a wholesale basis. The Wireline segment provides voice, data and Internet Protocol (IP) communication services to its Wireless segment. The Company offers wireless and wireline services to subscribers in approximately 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands under the Sprint corporate brand, which includes its retail brands of Sprint, Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile and Assurance Wireless on its wireless networks utilizing various technologies.

#9 - Virtu Financial (NASDAQ:VIRT)

Dollar Amount of Shares Purchased: $104,220,652.56
Number of Insider Purchases in the Last 180 Days: 2
Volume of Shares Purchased: 6,684,279
Who Bought Shares: Holdings (Private) Ltd Temasek (Major Shareholder) and North Island Ventures, Llc (Major Shareholder)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Virtu Financial (NASDAQ:VIRT)

Virtu Financial logoVirtu Financial, Inc. is a holding company. The Company is a technology-enabled market maker and liquidity provider to the financial markets across the world. It is engaged in buying or selling a range of securities and other financial instruments and earning small bid/ask spreads across various transactions. It has a single, multi-asset, multi-currency technology platform, through which it provides quotations to buyers and sellers in equities, commodities, currencies, options, fixed income and other securities on exchanges, markets and liquidity pools in various countries around the world. It makes markets in a range of different assets classes, such as Americas Equities; Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Equities; Asia Pacific (APAC) Equities; Global Commodities; Global Currencies, and Options, Fixed Income and Other Securities. It makes markets for global banks, brokers and other intermediaries, and indirectly provides services to retail and institutional investors.

#10 - Trinity Industries (NYSE:TRN)

Dollar Amount of Shares Purchased: $103,463,011.57
Number of Insider Purchases in the Last 180 Days: 18
Volume of Shares Purchased: 3,431,861
Who Bought Shares: Holdings LP Valueact (Major Shareholder) and Valueact Capital Master Fund, (Major Shareholder)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Trinity Industries (NYSE:TRN)

Trinity Industries logoTrinity Industries, Inc. is a diversified industrial company that owns businesses providing products and services to the energy, chemical, agriculture, transportation and construction sectors. The Company's products and services include railcars and railcar parts; parts and steel components; the leasing, management and maintenance of railcars; highway products; construction aggregates; inland barges; structural wind towers; steel utility structures; storage and distribution containers, and trench shields and shoring products. The Company's segments include the Rail Group, Construction Products Group, Inland Barge Group, Energy Equipment Group, Railcar Leasing and Management Services Group, and All Other. Its All Other segment includes its captive insurance and transportation companies, and other peripheral businesses. It manufactures a line of railcars, including autorack cars, box cars, covered hopper cars, gondola cars, intermodal cars, open hopper cars and tank cars.

#11 - Safety Income & Growth (NYSE:SAFE)

Dollar Amount of Shares Purchased: $76,841,383.49
Number of Insider Purchases in the Last 180 Days: 61
Volume of Shares Purchased: 3,920,096
Who Bought Shares: Geoffrey G Jervis (CFO), Istar Inc (Major Shareholder), Jay Sugarman (Chairman), Nina Matis (Insider) and Robin Josephs (Director)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Safety Income & Growth (NYSE:SAFE)

Safety Income & Growth logoSafety, Income and Growth, Inc. is formed primarily to acquire, own, manage, finance and capitalize ground net leases (GNLs). The Company’s portfolio consists of 12 properties, which includes Doubletree Seattle Airport, One Ally Center, Hilton Salt Lake, Doubletree Mission Valley, Doubletree Sonoma, Doubletree Durango, Dallas Market Center: Sheraton Suites, Northside Forsyth Hospital Medical Center, NASA/JPSS Headquarters, The Buckler Apartments, Dallas Market Center: Marriott Courtyard and Lock Up Self Storage Facility.

#12 - Community Health Systems (NYSE:CYH)

Dollar Amount of Shares Purchased: $71,401,990.63
Number of Insider Purchases in the Last 180 Days: 2
Volume of Shares Purchased: 9,867,061
Who Bought Shares: Tian Qiao Chen (Major Shareholder)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Community Health Systems (NYSE:CYH)

Community Health Systems logoCommunity Health Systems, Inc. is an operator of general acute care hospitals and outpatient facilities in communities across the country. The Company operates through hospital operations segment, which includes its general acute care hospitals and related healthcare entities that provide inpatient and outpatient healthcare services. The Company provides healthcare services through the hospitals that it owns and operates and affiliated businesses in non-urban and selected urban markets throughout the United States. The services provided through its hospitals and affiliated businesses include general acute care, emergency room, general and specialty surgery, critical care, internal medicine, obstetrics, diagnostic, psychiatric and rehabilitation services. The Company also provides additional outpatient services at urgent care centers, occupational medicine clinics, imaging centers, cancer centers, ambulatory surgery centers, and home health and hospice agencies.

#13 - Equity Lifestyle Properties (NYSE:ELS)

Dollar Amount of Shares Purchased: $70,410,264.19
Number of Insider Purchases in the Last 180 Days: 1
Volume of Shares Purchased: 805,333
Who Bought Shares: Samuel Zell (Chairman)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Equity Lifestyle Properties (NYSE:ELS)

Equity Lifestyle Properties logoEquity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is an owner and operator of lifestyle-oriented properties (properties) consisting primarily of manufactured home (MH) communities and recreational vehicle (RV) resorts and campgrounds. The Company operates through two segments: Property Operations and Home Sales and Rentals Operations. The Property Operations segment owns and operates land lease properties and the Home Sales and Rentals Operations segment purchases, sells and leases homes at the properties. It leases individual developed areas (sites) with access to utilities for placement of factory built homes, cottages, cabins or RVs. As of December 31, 2016, the Company's property portfolio included 391 properties consisted of 146,610 residential sites. Its properties are designed for home options of various sizes and designs that are produced off-site by third-party manufacturers, installed and set on designated sites within the properties.

#14 - Advanced Drainage Systems (NYSE:WMS)

Dollar Amount of Shares Purchased: $70,231,473.76
Number of Insider Purchases in the Last 180 Days: 2
Volume of Shares Purchased: 3,456,293
Who Bought Shares: Berkshire Partners Holdings Ll (Major Shareholder) and Joseph A Chlapaty (Chairman)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Advanced Drainage Systems (NYSE:WMS)

Advanced Drainage Systems logoAdvanced Drainage Systems, Inc. is engaged in designing, manufacturing and marketing of thermoplastic corrugated pipe and related water management products, primarily in North and South America, and Europe. The Company operates through two segments: Domestic and International. The Domestic segment manufactures and markets products throughout the United States. The International segment manufactures and markets products in certain regions outside of the United States, with a focus on its owned facilities in Canada and through its joint ventures with local partners in Mexico, Central America and South America. Its product line includes corrugated high density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe, polypropylene (PP) pipe and related water management products. Its products are used across a range of end markets and applications, including non-residential, residential, agriculture and infrastructure applications.

#15 - CSX (NASDAQ:CSX)

Dollar Amount of Shares Purchased: $70,010,630.00
Number of Insider Purchases in the Last 180 Days: 2
Volume of Shares Purchased: 1,363,000
Who Bought Shares: Gary Keith Anderson (Director) and Ridge Lp Mantle (Director)

Insider Trades by Quarter for CSX (NASDAQ:CSX)

CSX logoCSX Corporation is a transportation company. The Company provides rail-based freight transportation services, including traditional rail service and transport of intermodal containers and trailers, as well as other transportation services, such as rail-to-truck transfers and bulk commodity operations. The Company categorizes its products into three primary lines of business: merchandise, intermodal and coal. The Company's intermodal business links customers to railroads through trucks and terminals. The Company's merchandise business consists of shipments in markets, such as agricultural and food products, fertilizers, chemicals, automotive, metals and equipment, minerals and forest products. The Company's coal business transports domestic coal, coke and iron ore to electricity-generating power plants, steel manufacturers and industrial plants, as well as export coal to deep-water port facilities.

#16 - American Homes 4 Rent (NYSE:AMH)

Dollar Amount of Shares Purchased: $65,685,191.58
Number of Insider Purchases in the Last 180 Days: 5
Volume of Shares Purchased: 3,038,600
Who Bought Shares: B Wayne Et Al Hughes (Director)

Insider Trades by Quarter for American Homes 4 Rent (NYSE:AMH)

American Homes 4 Rent logoAmerican Homes 4 Rent is an internally managed real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on acquiring, renovating, leasing and operating single-family homes as rental properties. The Company's primary objective is to generate attractive risk-adjusted returns for its shareholders through dividends and capital appreciation by acquiring, renovating, leasing and operating single-family homes as rental properties. As of December 31, 2016, it owned 48,422 single-family properties in 22 states, including 1,119 properties held for sale, and had an additional 47 properties in escrow that it intended to acquire. Its integrated operating platform offers property management, acquisitions, construction, marketing, leasing, financial and administrative functions. The Company may seek to invest in condominium units, townhouses and real estate-related debt investments. The Company is externally managed and advised by American Homes 4 Rent Advisor, LLC (the Advisor).







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