A Trip to the Ozarks

Since mid-April, several insiders have bought shares of Bank of the Ozarks (OZRK), a $1.5 billion market cap regional bank with a majority of branch locations in Arkansas, at prices between $40 and $41 per share. Some of these purchases were less than $50,000 apiece, and one larger buy was by a new board member who could be adding the shares simply as a courtesy. But considering these purchases together, the trend is noteworthy.

We track insider purchases because stocks bought by insiders tend to exhibit a small outperformance effect, which increases if the focus is narrowed to occasions when multiple insiders are buying within a short period. This is because insiders avoid buying the stock (thus increasing their company-specific risk) unless they are confident in its prospects, otherwise they prefer to diversify their holdings....428 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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