Numerous studies have shown how portfolio management based on signals from insider trading can outperform the market. Given that a company’s management is in the best position to judge its future prospects, the results are not surprising at all. In order to help everyday investors make the right decisions, we at Insider Monkey keep a close eye on such transactions. In this regard, two companies experienced significant insider sales yesterday: RadNet Inc. (NASDAQ:RDNT) and Tucows Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:TCX). It should however be borne in mind that insider sales do not necessarily generate a bearish signal as they can occur due to a large variety of reasons, with profit taking being one of them. Let’s deconstruct yesterday’s transactions and find out if bearish fears motivated either of the sales mentioned above.
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Norman Hames, who is an Executive Vice President of RadNet Inc. (NASDAQ:RDNT), sold 13,100 shares to lower his remaining holdings to 668,146 shares. So far this month he has disposed of some 50,900 shares. The stock price of the $255.24 million healthcare company has fallen by more than 32% year-to-date. Due to a considerable increase in demand, the company is undergoing an expansion phase, which means higher capital expenditures. The company had lately been facing two key problems, the first one being its operating expense ratio, which stood at 92.9% during the March quarter, but was reduced to 84% in the June quarter, and the management is confident that they can get it to last year’s level by the end of the year. Secondly, RadNet was facing problems profiting from the newer capitated contracts in the first three months of this year, but that too seems to be resolving, as the extra utilization arising out of these contracts normalized in the June quarter. RadNet Inc. (NASDAQ:RDNT)’s largest stockholder within our database, Richard Mashaal‘s RIMA Senvest Management, increased its stake by 14% in the second trimester to 3.56 million shares.