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Have Insiders Been Buying Eldorado Gold Corporation (TSE:ELD) Shares?

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So before you buy or sell Eldorado Gold Corporation (TSE:ELD), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Selling?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock on the market. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Columbia University study found that 'insiders are more likely to engage in open market purchases of their own company’s stock when the firm is about to reveal new agreements with customers and suppliers'.

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Eldorado Gold Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by President George Burns for CA$120k worth of shares, at about CA$7.45 per share. That means that even when the share price was higher than CA$4.69 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company's future. To us, it's very important to consider the price insiders pay for shares is very important. It is generally more encouraging if they paid above the current price, as it suggests they saw value, even at higher levels.

In the last twelve months insiders paid CA$187k for 26395.4 shares purchased. While Eldorado Gold insiders bought shares last year, they didn't sell. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

TSX:ELD Recent Insider Trading, May 13th 2019

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Insiders at Eldorado Gold Have Bought Stock Recently

We saw some Eldorado Gold insider buying shares in the last three months. Independent Director Teresa Conway purchased US$19k worth of shares in that period. It's great to see that insiders are only buying, not selling. However, in this case the amount invested recently is quite small.

Insider Ownership

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 Eldorado Gold insiders own 0.4% of the company, worth about CA$2.7m. We consider this fairly low insider ownership.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Eldorado Gold Insiders?

Our data shows a little insider buying, but no selling, in the last three months. The net investment is not enough to encourage us much. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. We'd like to see bigger individual holdings. However, we don't see anything to make us think Eldorado Gold insiders are doubting the company. If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

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