Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. (FCX), Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL), Select Comfort Corp. (SCSS): Insiders Love These Market-Hated Stocks

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE:RCL) is another stock seeing insider buying with family trusts related to the CEO buying about 27,000 shares of the cruise line. Last quarter revenue was up slightly compared to the second quarter of 2012 but operating margins widened as well resulting in operating income growth of 17%. Bulls hope that this indicates that the cruise liner will have a strong Q3 (the source of most of the company’s annual earnings). Analyst consensus implies a current-year P/E of 16. John Thaler’s JAT Capital Management was buying Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE:RCL) during the first quarter of 2013.

Homebuilder PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE:PHM) has had multiple insiders buy shares; these consensus insider purchases are often considered particularly bullish signals. After a sharp rise in 2012, markets have been less optimistic about homebuilders so far this year and perhaps these insiders believe the company is now being underrated by market prices. PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE:PHM) is valued at 22 times trailing earnings, but adjusted pretax income has nearly doubled from its levels a year ago off of 20% revenue growth. Wall Street analysts expect earnings growth to continue, with a forward P/E of 12 and a five-year PEG ratio of 0.4. Of course strong future performance is dependent on the housing market continuing to do well.

A Board member directly purchased 10,000 shares of Select Comfort Corp. (NASDAQ:SCSS), the mattress company which provides Sleep Number beds, in late July. Following the acquisition of Sealy by Tempur-Pedic to form Tempur Sealy International Inc (NYSE:TPX), some analysts believe that this consolidation in the mattress industry will result in more pricing power. Revenue at Select Comfort Corp. (NASDAQ:SCSS) has been flat according to recent reports, and with marketing expenses among others up this has resulted in lower earnings. The sell-side expects the company to recover, and so the forward P/E is 14. Renaissance Technologies, founded by billionaire Jim Simons, had a small position in Select Comfort Corp. (NASDAQ:SCSS) at the beginning of April (find Renaissance’s favorite stocks).

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