The 5 Hottest CEO Stock Purchases So Far This Year

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Insider buying is good. It shows management’s confidence in a business, helping to support investor sentiment, and no insider is more significant than the CEO. Who else is as up-to-date on a business's health and outlook as the person in charge? This is a list of the five most significant CEO purchases in Q1 2024 based on dollar volume. 

#5 Allegion CEO John Stone Bought Shares In Q1

Allegion (NYSE: ALLE) is a Dublin-based security firm focused on doors. It manufactures and supplies mechanical and electronic devices for door security, including software and operating systems for IoT devices. The company is applying AI today and generating profits. John Stone, the company CEO, purchased shares in Q1 worth more than $1.3 million, putting him and Allegion in the #5 position. 

The company is expected to produce solid results this year, but the share price may need help moving higher. Analysts' sentiment has dimmed due to the recent rally in share prices and valuation. They rate the stock at Hold and see it moving 5% lower at the consensus. The consensus is up compared to last year but flattened following the latest earnings report, which is a drag on the price action. Other insiders, including several senior VPs, have been selling, which may add to the headwinds. 

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#4 Marpai, Inc CEO Triples Holdings In Q1

Marpai, Inc.’s (NASDAQ: MRAI) CEO made two purchases in Q1 that effectively tripled his position. A director's purchase compounded his buys, bringing the total inside holding to 61%. The buys are notable because other Q1 news includes better-than-expected results and an outlook for hyper-growth over the next few years. The company’s AI-powered business services are aimed at disrupting the billion-dollar self-insured employer marketplace, and they are gaining traction. A well-received investor conference led to an upgrade to Buy from Hold by Maxim Group. Maxim set a price target of $6 or more than 150% upside from the current price action. 

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#3 Keurig Dr Pepper CEO Sinks $5 Million Into KDP Shares 

In March, Keurig Dr Pepper’s (NASDAQ: KDP) CEO bought nearly $5 million of KDP shares. Added to the CFO's purchase, insider buys topped $750 million for the quarter but were offset by institutional selling. Major shareholder JAB Holding has been trimming its position but still holds over 20% of the stock. The CEO's purchase brings his total to about 0.22% and insider holdings to 0.8%. Institutions other than JAB Holdings have been buying on balance for more than five quarters, and their activity is steady. Ten analysts rate this consumer staples stock as a Moderate Buy and view it as a deep value, trading beneath the low end of the target range, with more than a 15% upside at the consensus. 

KDP stock Chart

#2 Snowflake’s New CEO Buys Another $5 Million in Shares

Snowflake (NYSE: SNOW) made big news when it announced a surprise CEO transition. The new CEO is Sridhar Ramaswamy, an existing exec, and he celebrated the appointment by buying more shares. His purchase topped $5 million, bringing his holdings to over 224,000 shares. He holds about 0.06% of the company, insiders and major shareholders own about 8% together. Institutional activity is also bullish in Q1, ramping and spiking from Q4, with net buys double the sales. Institutions own about 65% of the stock; analysts rate it as a Moderate Buy with about 30% upside at the consensus. 

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#1 Sphere Entertainment is the #1 Stock Bought By a CEO in Q1

Sphere Entertainment (NYSE: SPHR), formerly Madison Square Garden, is #1 on the list of CEO buys. CEO James Lawrence Dolan made three purchases for $11 million. These are significant because they include the largest purchase by an insider and two additional trades on par with that amount. His holdings are nearly 1.5% of the company, bringing total insider and major shareholder ownership to 25%. Institutions are also buying and own a total of 92%. Analysts rate the stock as a Hold but see it trading significantly above the top-end of their target range. 

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