Recent insider trends for Top Ships Inc. (NASDAQ:TOPS) have caught the attention of investors. Patters in insider activity can help analysts formulate an outlook for a stock. In the case of TOPS, the data has a lot to say about how the stock might perform going forward.
Institutions own 00.04% of Top Ships Inc. (TOPS)’s shares. The total value of these holdings, in millions, is $0. Among active positions in the latest quarter, 6 holders increased their positions by a total of 2671 shares, 6 holders decreased the positions by a total of 11 shares, and 1 holders held their positions. This works out to a net increase in ownership of 2660 shares, and suggests that institutions are feeling bullish about the stock.
Among new and sold out positions, 6 holders initiated new positions by a total of 445 shares and 6 holders exited their positions by a total of 11 shares. This nets out to an increase of 434 shares and is a bullish sign for TOPS.
Insider ownership increased by a total of 0 shares, which suggests that TOPS’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.
The analysis of insider buying and selling trends can be extended to the aggregate level. Short interest, which represents the number of a stock’s shares currently being shorted, captures what the market as a whole feels about a stock. Top Ships Inc. (NASDAQ:TOPS)’s short interest is 1.1 million shares, or % of the float. This represents an increase of 95% 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 TOPS is a Strong sell, which implies that TOPS is expected to underperform 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 Top Ships Inc. (NASDAQ:TOPS) is overvalued.