Watching the Insiders at Quarter-End

The close of the second quarter is less than 10 trading days away, and companies will soon be in their quiet periods, if they are not there already. For those unfamiliar with the term, that is when the company, at least in theory, cuts off all financial communication with Wall Street as it closes its books for the quarter and preps its soon-to-be-released quarterly earnings report. That's right, in a few weeks we will once again be back in the earnings trenches, and kicking it off as always will be Alcoa (AA) on July 8. 

As the quiet period takes hold, another window is closing as well. Company insiders and employees are restricted from buying or selling shares in the company. When this window is shut, it's more commonly referred to as a "blackout period" for insiders and company employees. Although insider activity is not a foolproof way to identify potential investments -- as you know, there is no silver bullet for investing -- it bears watching, when insiders are buying and also when they are selling....363 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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