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Bargain Hunters Take Note: Insider Cluster-Buying At SASR

A particularly strong insider buying signal is what we call a "cluster-buy" where three or more different insiders make open market purchases within a short period of one another. At Sandy Spring Bancorp Inc (Symbol: SASR), 3 different insiders purchased 2,630 shares at an average price of $31.80/share, for a total of $83,630, with the most recent purchase on January 22, 2019.

Presumably the only reason an insider would take their hard-earned cash and use it to buy stock of their company in the open market, is that they expect to make money. So when multiple insiders all decide to make purchases around the same time, it could be a strong indication that the stock is undervalued. Below is a table summarizing the insider buys that make up this "cluster":

Purchased Insider Title Shares Price/Share Value
01/22/2019 James J. Maiwurm Director 1,000 $31.69 $31,689.30
01/22/2019 Mark E. Friis Director 1,000 $31.86 $31,860.00
01/22/2019 Mona Abutaleb Stephenson Director 630 $31.87 $20,080.75

The chart below shows the one year performance of SASR shares, versus its 200 day moving average. Note that SASR's low point in its 52 week range is $29.8725 per share, with $43.87 as the 52 week high point - that compares with a last trade of $32.50, with shares currently trading up about 1.1% on the day.

Sandy Spring Bancorp Inc Chart

The current annualized dividend paid by Sandy Spring Bancorp Inc is $1.12/share, currently paid in quarterly installments, and its most recent dividend ex-date was on 11/13/2018. Below is a long-term dividend history chart for SASR, which can be of good help in judging whether the most recent dividend with approx. 3.5% annualized yield is likely to continue.

SASR+Dividend+History+Chart

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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.

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