Stocks with Surging Insider Interest: SHLD, VICL, DRI, OPK, HNSN

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Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:SHLD): The stock is being lapped up by insiders as Edward S Lampert, Director and 10 percent owner of the company bought 332,048 shares at an average price of $40.89 each.

The entire transaction was worth $13.576 million. Sears Holdings is currently trading at $45.66, up 0.29 percent from its previous close. It has traded in the range of $38.40 and $85.90 in the past 52 weeks. However, the stock is trading below its 20 days moving average price of $45.67 and 50 days moving average price of $45.88. The stock is trading at the beta of 2.65. Edward Lampert is scheduled to take on as the CEO of Sears on February 1. He would be succeeding Lou D’Ambrosio. Sears Holdings is a specialty retailer and is operational in the United States and Canada. It deals in a wide range of merchandise including appliances, apparels and accessories. The company is based out of Illinois and it was formed in 1899.

Vical Inc. (NASDAQ:VICL): The company is a biopharmaceutical outfit and is involved in developing and researching therapies for various ailments. Its 10% owner James R Singer scooped up 310,000 shares for $1.087 million. The average price for the transaction stood at $3.51 each. Singer also made another transaction at $3.99 apiece and bought 154,333 shares for $615k. The stock is trading at $3.57, 2.00 percent higher than its previous close. It has traded in the range of $2.61 and $4.74 in the current trading session.  Vical commands market capitalization of $307.50 million. It has traded 236k shares so far, in comparison to its daily average trading volume of 608k shares. Vical is based out of California and it was formed in 1987. The company stock trades at beta of 1.13. The stock has traded in the range of $2.61 and $4.74 in the past 52 weeks.

Darden Restaurants Inc.  (NYSE:DRI): William Lewis Jr., Director of the company, bought 11,000 shares for $44.91 each. The entire transaction amounted to $494k. With this purchase, Lewis’ stake in the company is up to 51,000 shares. The stock is trading 0.09 percent higher, at $45.40. Darden Restaurants commands market capitalization of $5.86 billion and its stock has traded in the range of $44.12 and $57.93 in the past 52 weeks. The company stock’s beta is 0.68. It had reported its latest Earnings per Share at $3.50. Darden Restaurants also has healthy dividend yield ratio of 4.40 percent. The company is engaged in the business of owning and operating full service restaurants. It is operational in the United States and Canada. It operates its restaurants under various brand names such as The Capital Grille, LongHorn Steakhouse and Red Lobster.

Opko Health Inc. (NYSE:OPK): The stock is not only generating healthy insider buying interest but is also setting new 52 weeks high. The company CEO Phillip Frost bought 35,000 shares for $199k. The average price for the shares stood at $5.70 apiece. Opko stock hit its new 52 weeks high of $6.12 in one of its recent trading sessions. Frost made another purchase at $5.35 for 30,000 shares. The stock is trading at $6.07, 1.17 percent higher than its previous close. It has traded in the range of $5.95 and $6.19 in the current trading session.  Opko Health commands market capitalization of $1.81 billion. It has traded 1.069 million shares so far, in comparison to its daily average trading volume of 1.512 million shares. The company stock trades at beta of 1.13. Opko Health is a pharmaceutical company and it develops and markets novel therapies for various ailments. The company is operational in the United States, Mexico and Chile.

Hansen Medical Inc. (NASDAQ:HNSN): Larry Feinberg, 10 percent owner of the company, bought 74,191 shares for $163k. The average price for the stock stood at $2.20. The stock is trading 0.90 percent lower, at $2.21. Hansen Medical commands market capitalization of $137.38 million and its stock has traded in the range of $1.42 and $4.03 in the past 52 weeks. Hansen Medical deals in medical robots. The company products are used for controlling catheters. The company stock’s beta is 1.3. It had reported its latest Earnings per Share at -$0.69. Hansen Medical is based out of California and it was established in 2002.

 

 

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