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Cracker Barrel and Other Stocks Insiders Are Buying

Insiders may sell shares for any number of reasons, but there is really only one reason insiders buy shares of a company -- they believe the stock price will move higher and they want to profit from it. Pullbacks and sell-offs provide a perfect opportunity for investors who have faith in a company to snap up shares. Here are some stocks that have seen insider buying recently.

Center Bancorp (NASDAQ: CNBC): Three directors and the corporate secretary have bought up more than 79,000 shares in the past week. That was worth more than $80,000. The market cap of his New Jersey-based regional bank is $163.3 million. Its P/E and PEG ratios are less than the industry average and the dividend yield is 1.2%. The share price is up more than 2% since the beginning of the year despite a recent pullback. Over the past six months, the stock has underperformed competitors New York Community Bancorp (NYSE: NYB) and Valley National Bancorp (NYSE: VLY).

See also: Center Bancorp Announces Appointment of Chief Lending Officer.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (NASDAQ: CBRL): Sardar Biglari purchased 51,000 more shares this week. That was worth more than $2.8 million. The Texas-based activist investor has spent more than $60 million on the stock so far this year. Cracker Barrel has a market cap of $1.3 billion. Its P/E ratio is less than the industry average and the return on equity is 28.3%. Shares have traded mostly between $55 and $57 since late February, but the stock has outperformed competitors Denny's (NASDAQ: DENN) and IHOP parent DineEquity (NYSE: DIN) over the past six months.

Glimcher Realty Trust (NYSE: GRT): A director and an executive vice president of this Columbus, Ohio-based REIT purchased 12,000 shares, worth about $205,000, this past week. It has a market cap of $860.7 million and a dividend yield of 3.9%. It is expected to report year-over-year EPS and sales growth for the fourth quarter on April 25. The share price is up about 11% year to date and less than 3% below the 52-week high. But over the past six months, the stock has underperformed competitors such as CBL & Associates (NYSE: CBL) and General Growth Properties (NYSE: GGP).

See also: Glimcher Realty Trust Announces Pricing of 20 Million Common Shares.

Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services (NYSE: LTS): Some 80,000 shares, worth more than $147,000, were purchased recently by the CEO, COO, two directors and an executive VP. The Miami-based investment bank has a market cap of $318.5 million and posted strong Q4 results due to an acquisition. The share price has fallen more than 41% from the 52-week high back in late December, but it is still more than 39% higher than a year ago. Over the past six months, the stock underperformed competitors such as LPL Investment Holdings (NASDAQ: LPLA), as well as the broader markets.

See also: Biographical Profiles in Investing: Dr. Phillip Frost.

Opko Health (NYSE: OPK): The chairman, vice chairman and an executive VP have bought more than 150,000 shares in the past week. The chairman has been frequently buying shares since November. This Miami-based health care company has a market cap of $1.4 billion. Short interest is 19.8% of the float. Shares have traded mostly between $4.50 and $5.50 since October, and the share price is about 3% lower that at the beginning of the year. Over the past six months, the stock has underperformed competitor Allergan (NYSE: AGN) and the broader markets.

See also: Opko Health Acquires Chilean Pharmaceutical Company.

Paramount Gold and Silver (NYSE: PZG): The CEO, CFO and a beneficial owner recently purchased more than 1.2 million shares, worth over $2.5 million. The mining company recently agreed to issue 8.9 million shares of common stock in a private placement transaction to fund its current exploration and development plans in Mexico and the U.S. Shares jumped more than 9% in the past week, following the announcement, but the share price is still about 37% lower than a year ago. The stock has outperformed competitors such as Allied Nevada Gold (NYSE: ANV) over the past six months.

See also: Paramount Gold and Silver Finds Exceptional Grades and Widths.

ACTION ITEMS:

Bullish: Investors interested in exchange traded funds focused on insider sentiment might want to consider the following trades:

  • Direxion All Cap Insider Sentiment Shares (NYSE: KNOW) is more than 12% higher year to date.
  • Guggenheim Insider Sentiment (NYSE: NFO) is more than 12% higher year to date.
Bearish:

Traders may prefer to consider these alternative positions to some of the stocks listed above:

  • MAKO Surgical (NASDAQ: MAKO) is up more than 65% year to date.
  • Ruth's Hospitality Group (NASDAQ: RUTH) is up about 47% year to date.
  • Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment (NYSE: PEI) is up about 44% year to date.
  • Molycorp (NYSE: MCP) is up more than 38% year to date.
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