Recent insider trends for ProPetro Holding Corp. (NYSE:PUMP) have caught the attention of investors. Insider activity is often a strong indicator of future performance in a stock, and if the data on PUMP is anything to go by, investors should pay attention.
Institutions own 60.01% of ProPetro Holding Corp. (PUMP)’s shares. The total value of these holdings, in millions, is $942. Among active positions in the latest quarter, 79 holders increased their positions by a total of 10.56 million shares, 41 holders decreased the positions by a total of 9.23 million shares, and 13 holders held their positions. This works out to a net increase in ownership of 1.33 million shares, and suggests that institutions are feeling bullish about the stock.
Among new and sold out positions, 36 holders initiated new positions by a total of 6.36 million shares and 18 holders exited their positions by a total of 4.37 million shares. This nets out to an increase of 1.99 million shares and is a bullish sign for PUMP.
In the last three months, insiders executed a total of 1 trades. 1 were sells. Insider ownership decreased by a total of 13.8 million shares, which suggests that PUMP’s key executives are feeling less optimistic about the outlook for the stock. The data from the past twelve months tells a similar story: insiders executed 8 buys and 9 sells, and ownership decreased by a net of 28.25 million shares.
Analysts often look at short interest, or the number of shares currently being shorted by investors, to aid in their outlook for a particular stock. ProPetro Holding Corp. (NYSE:PUMP)’s short interest is 9.09 million shares, or % of the float. This represents an increase of 14% in the number of shares being shorted compared to the previous reading, and implies that investors felt more pessimistic about the stock during the past two weeks.
Insider data can help an investor form an outlook on a stock, but it’s important to supplement this data with other information such as technical indicators to form a more complete view. A composite of 13 technical indicators that includes measures such as moving averages and momentum oscillators suggests that PUMP is a Strong buy, which implies that PUMP is expected to outperform the market based on prior trading patterns.
Institutional ownership trends suggest that the stock is cheap and the insider trading data indicates that insiders are bearish. Technical indicators (also) suggest that ProPetro Holding Corp. (NYSE:PUMP) is undervalued.