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Insider Buying: The Guardant Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:GH) Co-Founder Just Bought 4.7% More Shares

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Guardant Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:GH) shareholders (or potential shareholders) will be happy to see that the Co-Founder, Helmy Eltoukhy, recently bought a whopping US$10m worth of stock, at a price of US$96.15. There's no denying a buy of that magnitude suggests conviction in a brighter future, although we do note that proportionally it only increased their holding by 4.7%.

See our latest analysis for Guardant Health

Guardant Health Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Notably, that recent purchase by Helmy Eltoukhy is the biggest insider purchase of Guardant Health shares that we've seen in the last year. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at around the current price of US$104. Of course they may have changed their mind. But this suggests they are optimistic. While we always like to see insider buying, it's less meaningful if the purchases were made at much lower prices, as the opportunity they saw may have passed. Happily, the Guardant Health insiders decided to buy shares at close to current prices.

While Guardant Health insiders bought shares during the last year, they didn't sell. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

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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).

Does Guardant Health Boast High Insider Ownership?

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Guardant Health insiders own 4.4% of the company, currently worth about US$465m based on the recent share price. I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Guardant Health Tell Us?

It's certainly positive to see the recent insider purchases. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. However, we note that the company didn't make a profit over the last twelve months, which makes us cautious. Along with the high insider ownership, this analysis suggests that insiders are quite bullish about Guardant Health. Looks promising! So these insider transactions can help us build a thesis about the stock, but it's also worthwhile knowing the risks facing this company. To assist with this, we've discovered 2 warning signs that you should run your eye over to get a better picture of Guardant Health.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies.

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, but not derivative transactions.

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