Top Buys by Directors: Russell's $863.4K Bet on CXW

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 $863.4K invested across 2 purchases by Joseph V. Russell, Director at Corrections Corporation of America (Symbol: CXW).

Purchased Insider Title Shares Price/Share Value
11/17/2015 Joseph V. Russell Director 25,000 $24.65 $616,187.50
12/09/2015 Joseph V. Russell Director 10,000 $24.72 $247,213.21

Russell's average cost works out to $24.67/share. Shares of Corrections Corporation of America were changing hands at $29.18 at last check, trading off about 1.8% on Wednesday. The chart below shows the one year performance of CXW shares, versus its 200 day moving average:

Corrections Corporation of America Chart

Looking at the chart above, CXW's low point in its 52 week range is $24.21 per share, with $42.31 as the 52 week high point - that compares with a last trade of $29.18.

The current annualized dividend paid by Corrections Corporation of America is $2.16/share, currently paid in quarterly installments, and its most recent dividend has an upcoming ex-date of 03/30/2016. Below is a long-term dividend history chart for CXW, which can be of good help in judging whether the most recent dividend with approx. 7.3% annualized yield is likely to continue.


According to the ETF Finder at ETF Channel, CXW makes up 1.21% of the First Trust Financials AlphaDEX Fund ETF (Symbol: FXO) which is trading lower by about 0.3% 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.

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