Recent insider trends for Vericel Corporation (NASDAQ:VCEL) have caught the attention of investors. Insider data is useful because it can reveal what a company’s executives and largest shareholders feel about a stock. In this case, the data has some interesting things to say about how VCEL might perform in the future.
Institutions own 37.28% of Vericel Corporation (VCEL)’s shares. The total value of these holdings, in millions, is $166. Among active positions in the latest quarter, 36 holders increased their positions by a total of 3.55 million shares, 19 holders decreased the positions by a total of 1.66 million shares, and 2 holders held their positions. This works out to a net increase in ownership of 1.89 million shares, and suggests that institutions are feeling bullish about the stock.
Among new and sold out positions, 16 holders initiated new positions by a total of 1.8 million shares and 7 holders exited their positions by a total of 1.14 million shares. This nets out to an increase of 666705 shares and is a bullish sign for VCEL.
Insider ownership increased by a total of 0 shares, which suggests that VCEL’s key executives are feeling more optimistic about the outlook for the stock. The data from the past twelve months tells a similar story: ownership increased by a net of 0 shares.
Short interest, or the number of a stock’s tradable shares currently being shorted, is another metric investors use to get a pulse on sentiment. Vericel Corporation (NASDAQ:VCEL)’s short interest is 1.12 million shares, or 3.93% of the float. This represents an increase of 11% 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.
Given what the insider ownership patterns are saying, it makes sense to consider the technicals to see if these pieces of information reach the same conclusion about the outlook for VCEL. A composite of 13 technical indicators that includes measures such as moving averages and momentum oscillators suggests that VCEL is a Strong buy, which implies that VCEL 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 Vericel Corporation (NASDAQ:VCEL) is undervalued.