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Are Marathon Patent Group, Inc. (MARA)’s Recent Ownership and Insider Trends a Sign of Things to Come?

Recent insider trends for Marathon Patent Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:MARA) have caught the attention of investors. Insider activity is often a strong indicator of future performance in a stock, and if the data on MARA is anything to go by, investors should pay attention.

Institutions own 03.86% of Marathon Patent Group, Inc. (MARA)’s shares. The total value of these holdings, in millions, is $1. Among active positions in the latest quarter, 21 holders increased their positions by a total of 502013 shares, 8 holders decreased the positions by a total of 435045 shares, and 2 holders held their positions. This works out to a net increase in ownership of 66968 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 487803 shares and 6 holders exited their positions by a total of 427563 shares. This nets out to an increase of 60240 shares and is a bullish sign for MARA.

In the last three months, insiders executed a total of 1 trades. 1 were sells. Insider ownership decreased by a total of 75000 shares, which suggests that MARA’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 1 sells, and ownership decreased by a net of 75000 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. Marathon Patent Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:MARA)’s short interest is 2.25 million shares, or 31.09% of the float. This represents an increase of 6% 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.

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 MARA. A composite of 13 technical indicators that includes measures such as moving averages and momentum oscillators suggests that MARA is a sell, which implies that MARA is expected to underperform 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 bearish. Technical indicators (also) suggest that Marathon Patent Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:MARA) is overvalued.

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