There's an old saying on Wall Street about insider buying: there are many possible reasons to sell a stock, but only one reason to buy. Back on May 15, Old Republic International Corp.'s Director, Steven J. Bateman, invested $97,800.00 into 5,000 shares of ORI, for a cost per share of $19.56. Bargain hunters tend to pay particular attention to insider buys like this one, because 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. In trading on Thursday, bargain hunters could buy shares of Old Republic International Corp. (Symbol: ORI) and achieve a cost basis even cheaper than Bateman, with shares changing hands as low as $19.52 per share. It should be noted that Bateman has collected $0.19/share in dividends since the time of their purchase, so they are currently up 0.8% on their purchase from a total return basis. Old Republic International Corp. shares are currently trading down about 0.8% on the day. The chart below shows the one year performance of ORI shares, versus its 200 day moving average:
Looking at the chart above, ORI's low point in its 52 week range is $16.51 per share, with $21.19 as the 52 week high point - that compares with a last trade of $19.57. By comparison, below is a table showing the prices at which ORI insider buying was recorded over the last six months:
Steven J. Bateman
The current annualized dividend paid by Old Republic International Corp. is $0.76/share, currently paid in quarterly installments, and its most recent dividend ex-date was on 06/01/2017. Below is a long-term dividend history chart for ORI, which can be of good help in judging whether the most recent dividend with approx. 3.9% annualized yield is likely to continue.
According to the ETF Finder at ETF Channel, ORI makes up 2.21% of the ProShares S&P MidCap 400 Dividend Aristocrats ETF (Symbol: REGL) which is trading lower by about 1% on the day Thursday.