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What Insiders are Buying: WAG, WTSL, AA, WIN

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Walgreen Co. (NYSE:WAG): The stock has seen some healthy insider buying. Stefano Pessina, the company board member, snagged 83,000 of the stock on April 19th. The transaction was undertaken at the average price of $48.62 apiece. The company showed steady performance for its recently concluded quarter.

Walgreen has attracted substantial interest from institutional investors and Hedge Funds such as SAC Capital Advisors and Arrowstreet Capital. SAC Capital Advisors holds 1.2 million shares in the company while Arrowstreet’s stake stands at 2.3 million shares. Its stock traded in the range of $49.88 and $50.33 in the current trading session, hitting is new 52 weeks high. At this point, the stock is at $50.01, up 0.58 percent. Walgreen Co. traded 989,114 shares in this session so far, in comparison to its regular trading volume of 6.454 million. The stock’s lowest price point of 52 weeks stands at $28.53. Walgreen Co. stock is up 41.24 percent in the past 52 weeks while it is up 36.84 percent in 2013 so far. Its stock is trading at Price Earnings ratio of 22.30 and its beta is 1.04. The company’s dividend yield stands at 2.20 percent.

Wet Seal Inc. (NASDAQ:WTSL): The stock is trading at $3.03, 0.66 percent higher than its previous close. It has also been lapped up by the company insiders. The company’s board member Lynda Davey purchased 62,500 shares at $3.19 per share. Her stake in the company now stands at 116,000 shares. However, despite this insider purchase, the prospects for the company are shaky. The company had announced net loss for its recent most fiscal year while analysts expect the trend to continue in the current year as well. Wet Seal stock has traded in the range of $3.01 and $3.06 in the current trading session. It has traded 48,378 shares so far, in comparison to its daily average trading volume of 605,851 shares. Wet Seal stock is currently trading below its 20 days moving average price of $3.04 but above its 50 days moving average price of $3.02. The stock has traded in the range of $2.42 and $3.51 in the past 52 weeks and lost 5.61 percent of its value in the same time period. The company stock trades at beta of 1.10, implying mild volatility. Wet Seal’s current market capitalization stands at $271.74 million.

Alcoa Inc. (NYSE:AA): The company reported slight decline in its revenue for the first quarter of the year, while its quarterly net income increased. Alcoa also generated healthy insider buying interest. Its board members Ratan Tata and Martin Sorrell bought 2,600 and 2,400 shares each. These transactions were carried out at the average price of $8.20 apiece. Alcoa reported its latest quarterly EPS at 13 cents per share. Its stock is trading 0.25 percent lower, at $8.09. The company has traded 2.82 million shares in the current trading sessions so far and its stock has traded in the range of $7.90 and $10.01 in the past 52 weeks. The stock is down 4.82 percent in the year 2013 so far. The company stock’s beta is 2.08, while its P/E ratio stands at 39.44. Wet Seal commands market capitalization of $8.66 billion and its stock is currently trading below its 20 days moving average price of $8.26.

Windstream Corporation (NASDAQ:WIN): The company deals in advanced communication and technology solutions. Its stock is currently trading near its 52 weeks low but its insiders are accumulating the shares. The company director Samuel Beall bought 30,000 of the shares at $8.01 per share while another director Carol Armitage purchased 1,000 shares at $7.98 apiece. In the recent past, the major insider transactions included 6,500 shares purchased by the company chairman Dennis Foster. The transaction was carried out an average purchase price of $8.14 per share. The stock is currently trading at $8.68, up 1.78 percent. It is trading above its 20 days moving average price of $8.67 and 50 days moving average price of $8.62. The stock oscillated in the range of $8.55 and $8.68 in the current trading session. The company stock’s beta stands at 0.91, implying low volatility. Windstream Corporation commands the market capitalization of $5.13 billion. The stock is down 22.43 percent of its value in the past 52 weeks, while it has gained 4.58 percent in 2013 so far. Windstream Corporation is based out of Arkansas.

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