Recent insider trends for Community Health Systems, Inc. (NYSE:CYH) have caught the attention of investors. Analysts study insider data to get a sense of sense of what key shareholders think about the outlook for a particular stock. In the case of CYH, the data has some interesting implications for where the stock might be headed.
Institutions own 109.61% of Community Health Systems, Inc. (CYH)’s shares. The total value of these holdings, in millions, is $742. Among active positions in the latest quarter, 101 holders increased their positions by a total of 30.1 million shares, 95 holders decreased the positions by a total of 12.6 million shares, and 44 holders held their positions. This works out to a net increase in ownership of 17.5 million shares, and suggests that institutions are feeling bullish about the stock.
Among new and sold out positions, 24 holders initiated new positions by a total of 7.36 million shares and 35 holders exited their positions by a total of 5.24 million shares. This nets out to an increase of 2.12 million shares and is a bullish sign for CYH.
In the last three months, insiders executed a total of 9 trades. 8 of these were buys and 1 were sells. Insider ownership increased by a total of 2.06 million shares, which suggests that CYH’s key executives are feeling more optimistic about the outlook for the stock. The data from the past twelve months tells a similar story: insiders executed 23 buys and 14 sells, and ownership increased by a net of 11.88 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. Community Health Systems, Inc. (NYSE:CYH)’s short interest is 31.9 million shares, or 30.05% of the float. This represents an increase of 1% 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.
Ownership trends and trading patterns can be useful tools for predicting a stock’s performance, but it’s also important to consider the technicals in order to form a more comprehensive view. A composite of 13 technical indicators that includes measures such as moving averages and momentum oscillators suggests that CYH is a buy, which implies that CYH 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 bullish. Technical indicators (also) suggest that Community Health Systems, Inc. (NYSE:CYH) is undervalued.