Insiders saw their US$502k investment bump up to US$508k after Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:AEIS) soared 3.6% last week

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Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:AEIS) insiders who bought shares over the past year were rewarded handsomely last week. The stock rose 3.6%, resulting in a US$112m rise in the company’s market capitalisation. In other words, the original US$502k purchase is now worth US$508k.

While insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether.

Check out our latest analysis for Advanced Energy Industries

The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Advanced Energy Industries

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by President Stephen Kelley for US$502k worth of shares, at about US$85.85 per share. That implies that an insider found the current price of US$86.83 per share to be enticing. Of course they may have changed their mind. But this suggests they are optimistic. If someone buys shares at well below current prices, it’s a good sign on balance, but keep in mind they may no longer see value. In this case we’re pleased to report that the insider bought shares at close to current prices. Stephen Kelley was the only individual insider to buy shares in the last twelve months.

You can see the insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

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Advanced Energy Industries Insiders Are Selling The Stock

The last three months saw significant insider selling at Advanced Energy Industries. In total, Independent Director Lanesha Minnix sold US$55k worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any purchases whatsoever. In light of this it’s hard to argue that all the insiders think that the shares are a bargain.

Insider Ownership Of Advanced Energy Industries

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Insiders own 1.2% of Advanced Energy Industries shares, worth about US$40m. We’ve certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Advanced Energy Industries Insiders?

An insider hasn’t bought Advanced Energy Industries stock in the last three months, but there was some selling. In contrast, they appear keener if you look at the last twelve months. And insiders do own shares. So we’re not overly bothered by recent selling. While we like knowing what’s going on with the insider’s ownership and transactions, we make sure to also consider what risks are facing a stock before making any investment decision. To assist with this, we’ve discovered 1 warning sign that you should run your eye over to get a better picture of Advanced Energy Industries.

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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.

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