15 Stocks that Insiders Love in 2018

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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 - Sprint (NYSE:S)

Dollar Amount of Shares Purchased: $421,783,445.50
Number of Insider Purchases in the Last 180 Days: 18
Volume of Shares Purchased: 72,408,783
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.

#2 - 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)

WillScot logoWilliams Scotsman International, Inc. provides mobile and modular space solutions for the construction, education, commercial, healthcare, and government markets in North America. It offers delivery and installation services, as well as sells new and used mobile office products. The company also provides products ranging from construction office or storage containers to a multi-story high-tech medical services building. Williams Scotsman International, Inc. was formerly known as Scotsman Holdings, Inc. and changed its name to Williams Scotsman International, Inc in May 2005. The company was founded in 1993 and is based in Baltimore, Maryland. Williams Scotsman International, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Algeco Scotsman Global S.a.r.l.

#3 - 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.

#4 - Coty (NYSE:COTY)

Dollar Amount of Shares Purchased: $333,092,702.47
Number of Insider Purchases in the Last 180 Days: 16
Volume of Shares Purchased: 18,633,505
Who Bought Shares: Ayesha Zafar (SVP), Camillo Pane (CEO), Cosmetics BV Jab (Major Shareholder), Edgar O Huber (Insider), Greerson Greene Mcmullen (Insider), 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 - Beigene (NASDAQ:BGNE)

Dollar Amount of Shares Purchased: $199,999,998.00
Number of Insider Purchases in the Last 180 Days: 1
Volume of Shares Purchased: 1,980,198
Who Bought Shares: Bros Advisors Lp Baker (Director)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Beigene (NASDAQ:BGNE)

Beigene logoBeiGene, Ltd. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. The Company is focused in the discovery and development of molecularly targeted and immuno-oncology drugs for the treatment of cancer. The Company had used its cancer biology platform to develop four clinical-stage drug candidates, such as BGB-3111, BGB-A317, BGB-290 and BGB-283, as of December 31, 2016. BGB-3111, BGB-290 and BGB-283 are its molecularly targeted agents and is its immuno-oncology agent. BGB-3111 is a potent and highly selective small molecule inhibitor of Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK). BGB-283 is a molecule inhibitor of both the monomer and dimer forms of the RAF kinase. BGB-290 is a molecularly targeted, orally available, potent and highly selective inhibitor of the poly ADP ribose polymerase (PARP) family members. BGB-A317 is an investigational humanized monoclonal antibody against the immune checkpoint receptor, PD-1.

#6 - Seattle Genetics (NASDAQ:SGEN)

Dollar Amount of Shares Purchased: $199,999,956.00
Number of Insider Purchases in the Last 180 Days: 1
Volume of Shares Purchased: 3,846,153
Who Bought Shares: Bros Advisors Lp Baker (Director)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Seattle Genetics (NASDAQ:SGEN)

Seattle Genetics logoSeattle Genetics, Inc. is a biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialization of therapies for the treatment of cancer. The Company is engaged in the development and sale of pharmaceutical products on its own behalf or in collaboration with others. The Company's marketed product ADCETRIS, or brentuximab vedotin, is an antibody-drug conjugate (ADC). In addition to ADCETRIS, the Company's pipeline includes other clinical-stage ADC programs, such as ASG-22ME, SGN-LIV1A, SGN-CD19A, SGN-CD19B, SGN-CD123A, SGN-352A, and ASG-15ME, as well as two immuno-oncology agents, SEA-CD40, which is based on its sugar-engineered antibody (SEA) technology, and SGN-2FF, which is a small molecule. It also has multiple preclinical and research-stage programs that employ its technologies, including SGN-CD48A and a preclinical ADC. ADCETRIS is an ADC comprising an anti-CD30 monoclonal antibody attached by a protease-cleavable linker to a microtubule disrupting agent.

#7 - Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ:BWLD)

Dollar Amount of Shares Purchased: $148,770,000.00
Number of Insider Purchases in the Last 180 Days: 1
Volume of Shares Purchased: 950,000
Who Bought Shares: International Master F Marcato (Director)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ:BWLD)

Buffalo Wild Wings logoBuffalo Wild Wings, Inc. is the owner, operator and franchisor of restaurants. As of December 25, 2016, the Company's made-to-order menu items included 16 sauces and five seasonings, ranging from Sweet BBQ to Blazin. The Company's restaurants offer 20 to 40 domestic and imported beers on tap, including craft brews, and a selection of bottled beers, wines and liquor. As of December 25, 2016, the Company had company-owned or franchised restaurants in all 50 states and two Canadian provinces. Its franchised restaurants also operate in Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Philippines, Panama and the United Arab Emirates. The Company operates Buffalo Wild Wings, R Taco and PizzaRev restaurants, as well as sells Buffalo Wild Wings and R Taco restaurant franchises. In addition to traditional and boneless chicken wings, the Company's menu features a range of food items, including sharables, hamburgers, sandwiches, wraps, Buffalito soft tacos, and salads.

#8 - Avis Budget Group (NASDAQ:CAR)

Dollar Amount of Shares Purchased: $141,960,000.00
Number of Insider Purchases in the Last 180 Days: 1
Volume of Shares Purchased: 3,500,000
Who Bought Shares: Srs Investment Management, Llc (Major Shareholder)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Avis Budget Group (NASDAQ:CAR)

Avis Budget Group logoAvis Budget Group Inc. is a provider of vehicle rental and car sharing services. The Company operates three brands, which include Avis, Budget and Zipcar. Avis and Budget are a rental car supplier. It also owns Payless, which a car rental brand; Apex, which is a car rental brand in New Zealand and Australia; Maggiore, a vehicle rental brand in Italy, and France Cars, which operates light commercial vehicle fleets in France. The Company operates in two segments: Americas and International. The Americas segment provides and licenses the Company's brands to third parties for vehicle rentals and ancillary products and services in North America, South America, Central America and the Caribbean, and operates its car sharing business in certain of these markets. The International segment provides and licenses the Company's brands to third parties for vehicle rentals and ancillary products and services in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

#9 - 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.

#10 - National Research (NASDAQ:NRCIA)

Dollar Amount of Shares Purchased: $106,097,636.40
Number of Insider Purchases in the Last 180 Days: 1
Volume of Shares Purchased: 5,494,440
Who Bought Shares: Amandla Mk Trust (Major Shareholder)

Insider Trades by Quarter for National Research (NASDAQ:NRCIA)

National Research logoNational Research Corporation, doing business as NRC Health, is a provider of analytics and insights for healthcare providers, payers and other healthcare organizations. The Company operates through six segments: Experience, The Governance Institute, Market Insights, Transparency, National Research Corporation Canada and Connect. The Company's portfolio of subscription-based solutions provides information and analysis to healthcare organizations and payers across a range of constituent-related elements, including patient experience and satisfaction, community population health risks, workforce engagement, community perceptions and physician engagement. NRC Health partners with clients across the range of healthcare services. The Company's clients range from integrated health systems and post-acute providers, such as home health, long-term care and hospice, to payer organizations. NRC Health's portfolio of solutions is designed to help healthcare companies.

#11 - LendingClub (NYSE:LC)

Dollar Amount of Shares Purchased: $100,843,282.50
Number of Insider Purchases in the Last 180 Days: 4
Volume of Shares Purchased: 25,957,175
Who Bought Shares: John J Mack (Director), Thomas W Casey (CFO) and Tian Qiao Chen (Major Shareholder)

Insider Trades by Quarter for LendingClub (NYSE:LC)

LendingClub logoLendingClub Corporation provides online marketplace to connect borrowers and investors. Consumers and small business owners borrow through Lending Club. Investors use Lending Club to earn risk-adjusted returns from an asset class that has been closed to many investors and only available on a limited basis to large institutional investors. Its technology automates aspects of operations, including the borrower application process, data gathering, credit decisioning and scoring, loan funding, investing and servicing, regulatory compliance and fraud detection. Its platform offers analytical tools and data to enable investors to make decisions and assess their portfolios. Its technology platform has allowed it to expand its offerings from personal loans to include small business loans, and to expand investor classes from individuals to institutions and create various investment vehicles.

#12 - Eclipse Resources (NYSE:ECR)

Dollar Amount of Shares Purchased: $92,303,574.24
Number of Insider Purchases in the Last 180 Days: 3
Volume of Shares Purchased: 37,873,596
Who Bought Shares: Encap Energy Capital Fund Viii (Major Shareholder), Nancy Lacoursiere (Insider) and Philippe Cloutier (Director)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Eclipse Resources (NYSE:ECR)

Eclipse Resources logoEclipse Resources Corporation is an independent exploration and production company. The Company is engaged in the acquisition and development of oil and natural gas properties in the Appalachian Basin. The Company is the operator of the Utica Core Area and its Marcellus Project Area. The Ordovician-aged Utica Shale is an unconventional reservoir consisting of organic-rich black shale, with production occurring at vertical depths between 6,000 and 10,000 feet. The Marcellus Shale consists of organic-rich black shale, with production occurring at vertical depths between 5,000 and 8,000 feet. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had commenced drilling 202 gross wells within the Utica Core Area and three gross wells within its Marcellus Area. As of December 31, 2016, it had approximately 92,000 net acres in the Utica Shale in Eastern Ohio within the Utica Core Area. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had assembled an acreage position approximating 199,000 net acres in Eastern Ohio.

#13 - Melinta Therapeutics (NASDAQ:MLNT)

Dollar Amount of Shares Purchased: $78,000,003.00
Number of Insider Purchases in the Last 180 Days: 1
Volume of Shares Purchased: 5,777,778
Who Bought Shares: Vatera Healthcare Partners Llc (Director)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Melinta Therapeutics (NASDAQ:MLNT)

Melinta Therapeutics logoMelinta Therapeutics, Inc. develops and commercializes novel antibiotics designed to provide therapeutic solutions. The Company’s lead product is Baxdela, an antibiotic approved by the United States food and drug administration (FDA) for use in the treatment of acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI). The Company also has an extensive pipeline of preclinical and clinical stage products This pipeline includes many important classes of antibiotics, each targeted at a different segment of the anti-infective market.

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

Dollar Amount of Shares Purchased: $65,835,015.58
Number of Insider Purchases in the Last 180 Days: 7
Volume of Shares Purchased: 3,045,155
Who Bought Shares: B Wayne Et Al Hughes (Director) and Douglas N Benham (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).

#15 - Trinity Industries (NYSE:TRN)

Dollar Amount of Shares Purchased: $63,835,433.71
Number of Insider Purchases in the Last 180 Days: 8
Volume of Shares Purchased: 2,025,233
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.

#16 - OCI Partners (NYSE:OCIP)

Dollar Amount of Shares Purchased: $61,322,303.60
Number of Insider Purchases in the Last 180 Days: 4
Volume of Shares Purchased: 7,302,749
Who Bought Shares: Nassef Sawiris (Director), Nassef Sawiris (Insider), Nathaniel A Gregory (Insider) and Ocip Holding Llc (Director)

Insider Trades by Quarter for OCI Partners (NYSE:OCIP)

OCI Partners logoOCI Partners LP owns and operates an integrated methanol and ammonia production facility that is located on the Texas Gulf Coast near Beaumont. The Company has an annual methanol production capacity of approximately 912,500 metric tons and an annual ammonia production capacity of approximately 331,000 metric tons. It purchases natural gas from third parties and processes the natural gas into synthesis gas, which it then further processes in the production of methanol and ammonia. It stores and sells the processed methanol and ammonia to industrial and commercial customers for further processing or distribution. Its methanol production unit comprises Foster-Wheeler-designed twin steam methane reformers for synthesis gas production, over two Lurgi-designed parallel low-pressure, water-cooled reactors and approximately four distillation columns. The Haldor-Topsoe-designed ammonia synthesis loop at its facility processes hydrogen produced by methanol production process.







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