The global economy is still going through the initial stages of recovery and waiting on positive news from European markets. This bad economy has created uncertainty in the stock market, especially sectors that rely on consumer spending such as the technology sector. In such turbulent times it is a good method to observe insider trends before making major stock investments. The following companies have seen some insider interest during the last few months, but investors should still do in-depth due diligence before taking any positions.
Pacific Biosciences of California (NASDAQ:PACB)
Pacific Biosciences of California (NASDAQ:PACB) is involved in the development and commercialization of genetic analysis integrated platforms. This platform allows the development of technology that enables SMRT for the detection of biological processes, while focusing on the deoxyribonucleic acid sequencing market. The primary product of Pacific Biosciences of California (NASDAQ:PACB) is PacBio Rs, which is a sequencing platform. The stock has fluctuated between $1 and $4 during the last 52 weeks. During the last 6 months investors have purchased 1.4 million shares of the stock, increasing the total insider holdings by 8%. In the same period, institutional investors have reduced their holdings by a staggering 31%. At these price levels the company is trading at a 10% discount to mean sell side estimates.
SandRidge Energy Inc. (NYSE:SD)
SandRidge is an independent oil and natural gas company that primarily operates in the states. The company has divided itself into three segments namely Drilling & Oil Field Services, Exploration & Production and Midstream Services. The stock is currently trading at a P/E of 29x, which is almost twice the industry average. The company has lost 32% of its value in the last year and 45% in the last two years.
In the last six months insiders have increased their holdings by 7.9 million shares, which is an 11% increase in shares held by insiders. However, during the same period institutional investors have reduced their SandRidge Energy Inc. (NYSE:SD) holdings by 18 million shares, a decrease of 5%. From a total of 27 analysts, 19 have a hold rating on SandRidge Energy Inc. (NYSE:SD) and four recommend buying the stock. The mean sell side target price is $6.3, which is a 13% premium to current valuations.