Is Uranium Energy Corp. (NYSEMKT:UEC) a good stock to buy, especially now that the firm has revealed that it will be included in the Russell 3000 Index and Russell Global Index? According to the energy company, it will be added to the aforementioned indexes at the conclusion of the annual reconstitution of the indexes on June 26. Today, the stock is currently up nearly 12% on the NYSE MKT for small-cap companies. After Uranium Energy Corp. (NYSEMKT:UEC) is included in the Russell 3000 Index and Russell Global Index, a membership which lasts for at least a year, the company will also be included in the small-cap Russell 2000 Index. The inclusion in the Russell 3000 Index may make Uranium Energy Corp. (NYSEMKT:UEC) proud, but what moves have the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey made regarding the company in the most recent quarter, and what can that tell us about the viability of the stock? Furthermore, how have insiders been trading the company’s shares recently?
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When it comes to insider sentiment, the company’s insiders are upbeat about Uranium Energy Corp. (NYSEMKT:UEC), as evidenced by no sales being recorded in the first and second quarters of 2015. There were, however, several purchases made by insiders of the company. Chief Financial Officer Mark Katsumata was the most recent buyer of shares, snapping up 1,800 and 200 shares respectively in two transactions made on Friday, June 19. Also last Friday, President and CEO Amir Adnani purchased a total of 25,000 shares across three transactions. On May 26 and June 17, Executive Vice President Scott Melbye bought 3,000 and 2,500 shares respectively. At the start of May, Vice President of Resource Development William Andrew Kurrus III bought 3,000 shares of the company. Also in May, Vice President of Land Leonard Garcia beefed up his holdings in the company to the tune of 2,000 shares.
With this in mind, let’s look at how hedge funds have been trading Uranium Energy Corp. (NYSEMKT:UEC) recently.