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Avenue Therapeutics' US$4.5m Market Cap Fall Books Insider Losses

Insiders who bought US$251.0k worth of Avenue Therapeutics, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:ATXI) stock at an average buy price of US$0.72 over the last year may be disappointed by the recent 29% decrease in the stock. Insiders invest with the hopes of seeing their money grow in value over time. However, as a result of recent losses, their initial investment is now only worth US$87.2k, which is not what they expected.

Although we don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions, logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares.

View our latest analysis for Avenue Therapeutics

Avenue Therapeutics Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Executive Director Lindsay Rosenwald bought US$251k worth of shares at a price of US$0.72 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of US$0.25. Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. To us, it's very important to consider the price insiders pay for shares. It is encouraging to see an insider paid above the current price for shares, as it suggests they saw value, even at higher levels. Lindsay Rosenwald was the only individual insider to buy during the last year.

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You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

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There are always plenty of stocks that insiders are buying. So if that suits your style you could check each stock one by one or you could take a look at this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).

Insider Ownership Of Avenue Therapeutics

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Our data suggests Avenue Therapeutics insiders own 1.2% of the company, worth about US$91k. We consider this fairly low insider ownership.

So What Do The Avenue Therapeutics Insider Transactions Indicate?

It is good to see the recent insider purchase. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. However, we note that the company didn't make a profit over the last twelve months, which makes us cautious. While the overall levels of insider ownership are below what we'd like to see, the history of transactions imply that Avenue Therapeutics insiders are reasonably well aligned, and optimistic for the future. So while it's helpful to know what insiders are doing in terms of buying or selling, it's also helpful to know the risks that a particular company is facing. Every company has risks, and we've spotted 5 warning signs for Avenue Therapeutics you should know about.

But note: Avenue Therapeutics may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.

For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions of direct interests only, but not derivative transactions or indirect interests.

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