A company’s own top management tend to have the best inside view into the business, so when company officers make major buys, investors are wise to take notice. Presumably the only reason an insider would take their hard-earned cash and use it to buy stock of their company in the open market, is that they expect to make money – maybe they find the stock very undervalued, or maybe they see exciting progress within the company, or maybe both. So in this series we look at the largest insider buys by the ”top brass” over the trailing six month period, one of which was a total of $429K by Alan S. Armstrong, CEO at Williams Cos Inc (Symbol: WMB).

Purchased Insider Title Shares Price/Share Value
06/15/2017 Alan S. Armstrong President & CEO 15,000 $28.60 $429,000.00

Armstrong’s average cost works out to $28.60/share. In trading on Friday, bargain hunters could buy shares of Williams Cos Inc (Symbol: WMB) and achieve a cost basis lower than Armstrong, with shares changing hands as low as $28.50 per share. Shares of Williams Cos Inc were changing hands at $28.66 at last check, trading up about 1.3% on Friday. The chart below shows the one year performance of WMB shares, versus its 200 day moving average: Williams Cos Inc Chart Looking at the chart above, WMB’s low point in its 52 week range is $19.60 per share, with $32.69 as the 52 week high point – that compares with a last trade of $28.66. According to the ETF Finder at ETF Channel, WMB makes up 10.43% of the MLP and Energy Infrastructure ETF (Symbol: MLPX) which is trading higher by about 0.5% on the day Friday.

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