Coty Inc (COTY), Trade Desk Inc (TTD): Insiders Make Big Purchases

Insiders at Coty Inc (NYSE:COTY) and Trade Desk Inc (NASDAQ:TTD) have made noteworthy purchases in the past week, which could signal that these stocks are undervalued and poised for some upward momentum.

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Let’s start with Coty Inc (NYSE:COTY), whose Chief Legal Officer, Greerson McMullen, purchased 20,200 shares of the company on June 14 at $19.32 each. Mr. McMullen now owns 99,507 shares of Coty, all of which have been purchased since February 10. His first purchase, of 40,000 shares, followed a disappointing earnings report being issued by the company on February 9, which sent shares tumbling, as concerns deepened about a slowdown in the beauty segment (rival Revlon Inc (NYSE:REV) was also hit hard following weak Q4 results).

Coty CEO Camillo Pane called it a “transitional year” for the company in May, referring to its fiscal 2017 ending July, and said the path to recovery will take some time. Coty has made a number of acquisitions of late, the integration of which has proven challenging. Strong fiscal Q3 results sent shares soaring in early-May, but the stock has gradually trended back down on fears that Q4 results won’t exhibit the same strength. Coty shares are 27% in the red over the past year.

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It’s perhaps a more curious time for insider buying at Trade Desk Inc (NASDAQ:TTD), given the stock’s very strong performance in 2017 (gains of 83%). However, that didn’t stop Independent Director Kathryn Falberg from acquiring 20,000 shares at a price tag of $48.06 each on June 15, lifting her ownership to 80,000 shares.

Trade Desk, which operates a digital advertising platform for PC, mobile, and smart TVs, made waves in May when it was reported that Proctor & Gamble, the largest advertiser in the world, would begin using Trade Desk for some of its programmatic advertising needs in the U.S and other parts of the world. A week later, Trade Desk released blowout Q2 results that sent shares soaring by over 25%. Analysts quickly lifted their price targets on the stock in response, with expectations being that the company will continue to outperform the industry and capture more ad spending.

Trade Desk shares have slumped by almost 10% in June though, as profit taking likely weighed on the stock following its sensational May. That appears to have opened up a brief window to buy shares at a discount, which Ms. Falberg took advantage of.

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