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Insider Buying Surges During Sell-Off: Sprint, Sears, SolarCity and More

If there was ever a week where we saw disproportionate numbers in insider activity, it was this week. Insiders from every sector took advantage of the gigantic wash-out last Monday and Tuesday, as well as the damage from the prior week, to load the boat. While this should come as no surprise, it is a super bullish anecdotal tidbit that will not be lost on Wall Street.

We cover insider buying every week at 24/7 Wall St., and we like to remind our readers that while insider buying is usually a very positive sign, it is not in of itself a reason to run out and buy a stock. Sometimes insiders and 10% owners have stock purchase plans set up at intervals to add to their holdings. That aside, it still remains a positive indicator.

Here are some of the companies that reported notable insider buying this past week.

Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) had a huge 10% owner of the stock return in a gigantic way. Once again, Softbank Group was buying shares, and this time the company purchased an astounding 21,327,788 shares of the carrier at prices that ranged from $4.38 to $4.87 apiece. The total for this massive purchase came to $100.2 million. Shares were trading on Friday’s close at $5.19, so again, a well-timed purchase.

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Cimpress N.V. (NASDAQ: CMPR) had a big order come into to the buy desk. Prescott General Partners, 10% owner, bought a huge block of 221,198 shares of the stock at prices that ranged from $67.70 to $67.82. The total for the buy was a whopping $15 million. Cimpress aggregates small and individually customized orders for print, signage, apparel and similar products worldwide. Its conducts its operations through Vistaprint Business Unit and All Other Business Unit segments. The shares closed trading on Friday at $73.46, so a solid buy.

Level 3 Communications Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) hits our screens for the second time this summer, as a 10% owner was again buying stock. STT Crossing picked up a 200,000-share chunk of the stock at prices between $46.55 and $47.65. The total for this purchase came in at $9.4 million. Level 3 provides transport services comprising wavelengths, private lines, transoceanic and dark fiber, as well as related professional services, fiber services and colocation and data center services. The stock ended the week at $45.37, so the firm may be buying more.

Sears Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHLD) had a well-known investor once again buying shares of the iconic retailer this past week. Chairman and CEO Eddie Lampert added shares in a big way. The 376,572 shares of the venerable retailer he bought at prices that fell between $21.78 and $23.00 cost him around $8.5 million. The stock closed trading Friday at $27.30, so a very well-timed purchase.

SolarCity Corp. (NASDAQ: SCTY) also had a famous 10% holder buying stock. Tesla CEO and founder Elon Musk purchased an additional 123,510 shares of the solar company at prices in a range of $34.82 to $45.35. The total for the buy came to a tidy $5 million. The company designs, manufactures, installs, maintains, monitors, leases and sells solar energy systems to residential, commercial, government and other customers in the United States. Shares ended trading on Friday at $48.00.

Radius Health Inc. (NASDAQ: RDUS) also had a 10% owner of the stock adding to a position last week. BB Biotech bought 100,000 shares at prices that ranged from $63.44 to $64.55 per share. The total for the buy came to $6.4 million. This biopharmaceutical company focuses on developing therapeutics for patients with osteoporosis and other serious endocrine-mediated diseases in the United States. The stock were changing hands at $64.04 as Friday’s session came to a close.

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These companies also reported insider buying this week: La Jolla Pharmaceutical Co. (NASDAQ: LJPC), MasTec Inc. (NYSE: MTZ), MPLX L.P. (NYSE: MPLX), SunEdison Inc. (NYSE: SUNE) and Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC).

The overwhelming cascade of buyers should come as no surprise, given the huge drops in the market over the past week and a half. It is always a bullish sign when top insiders add to positions during a steep sell-off, and they did in spades last week.