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Dissecting the Insider Trading Patterns of Fairmount Santrol Holdings Inc. (FMSA)

Recent insider trends for Fairmount Santrol Holdings Inc. (NYSE:FMSA) have caught the attention of investors. Analysts monitor insider data to understand the sentiment of a company’s largest and most important shareholders. FMSA’s insider trading patterns have some implications for where the stock might be headed.

Institutions own 84.28% of Fairmount Santrol Holdings Inc. (FMSA)’s shares. The total value of these holdings, in millions, is $863. Among active positions in the latest quarter, 123 holders increased their positions by a total of 44.67 million shares, 77 holders decreased the positions by a total of 44.73 million shares, and 17 holders held their positions. This works out to a net decrease in ownership of 63146 shares, and suggests that institutions are feeling bearish about the stock.

Among new and sold out positions, 42 holders initiated new positions by a total of 15.01 million shares and 38 holders exited their positions by a total of 15.98 million shares. This nets out to a decrease of 973988 shares and is another bearish sign for FMSA.

Insider ownership increased by a total of 0 shares, which suggests that FMSA’s key executives are feeling more optimistic about the outlook for the stock. The data from the past twelve months tells a different story: insiders executed 14 buys and 10 sells, and ownership decreased by a net of 22.81 million shares.



Short interest is another tool that analysts use to gauge investor sentiment. It represents the number of a stock’s shares that are being shorted by investors. Fairmount Santrol Holdings Inc. (NYSE:FMSA)’s short interest is 38.18 million shares, or 24.98% of the float. This represents a decrease of -17% in the number of shares being shorted compared to the previous reading, and implies that investors felt less pessimistic about the stock during the past two weeks.

In light of the insider ownership and trading data it makes sense to consider technicals to see if they come to a similar conclusion about the outlook for FMSA. A composite of 13 technical indicators that includes measures such as moving averages and momentum oscillators suggests that FMSA is a buy, which implies that FMSA is expected to outperform the market based on prior trading patterns.

Conclusion




Institutional ownership trends suggest that the stock is cheap and the insider trading data indicates that insiders are bullish. Technical indicators (also) suggest that Fairmount Santrol Holdings Inc. (NYSE:FMSA) is undervalued.

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