Insider trading is most profitable when several insiders buy around the same time. Academic studies have shown that insider purchases beat index funds by more than 7 % per year when there are several insiders purchasing. During the past two trading days, there were 8 stocks that caught the attention of Insider Monkey .
1. Town Sports Intl (CLUB): This was one of our favorite stocks with insider trading about four months ago. We specifically wrote a separate article covering this stock and told our readers that we added it to our hypothetical portfolio. The stock gained around 57% since we wrote that article. There were more insider purchases last week.
2. Ligand Pharma (LGND): There were several insider purchases after the company announced its earnings mid February. Tom Steyer’s Farallon Capital started a new position in this stock during the fourth quarter. Dan Loeb’s Third Point sold all of their LGND holdings during the fourth quarter.
4. Transdigm Corp (TDG): Robert J. Small spent nearly $7 Million on TDG shares during the past couple of weeks. Chase Coleman’s Tiger Global, Stephen Mandel’s Lone Pine Capital, and Jonathan Auerbach’s Hound Partners are among the tiger cubs with significant TDG holdings.