Top Buys by Directors: Knight's $616.2K Bet on APLE

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The directors of a company tend to have a unique inside view into the business, so when directors make major buys, investors are wise to take notice. Presumably the only reason a director of a company would choose to take their hard-earned cash and use it to buy stock in the open market, is that they expect to make money - maybe they find the stock very undervalued, or maybe they see exciting progress within the company, or maybe both. So in this series we look at the largest insider buys by company directors over the trailing six month period, one of which was a total of $616.2K invested across 3 purchases by Glade M. Knight, Executive Chairman at Apple Hospitality REIT Inc (Symbol: APLE).

Purchased Insider Title Shares Price/Share Value
05/12/2017 Glade M. Knight Executive Chairman 3,000 $18.51 $55,524.30
05/25/2017 Glade M. Knight Executive Chairman 5,400 $18.99 $102,535.74
08/11/2017 Glade M. Knight Executive Chairman 26,000 $17.62 $458,112.20

Knight's average cost works out to $17.91/share. Shares of Apple Hospitality REIT Inc were changing hands at $18.68 at last check, trading up about 0.5% on Wednesday. The chart below shows the one year performance of APLE shares, versus its 200 day moving average:

Apple Hospitality REIT Inc Chart

Looking at the chart above, APLE's low point in its 52 week range is $17.32 per share, with $20.68 as the 52 week high point - that compares with a last trade of $18.68.

The current annualized dividend paid by Apple Hospitality REIT Inc is $1.20/share, currently paid in monthly installments, and its most recent dividend ex-date was on 08/31/2017. Below is a long-term dividend history chart for APLE, which can be of good help in judging whether the most recent dividend with approx. 6.5% annualized yield is likely to continue.


According to the ETF Finder at ETF Channel, APLE makes up 1.24% of the PowerShares Active U.S. Real Estate Fund ETF (Symbol: PSR) which is trading lower by about 0.8% on the day Wednesday.

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The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

This article appears in: Investing , Options
Referenced Symbols: APLE , PSR

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