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Multiple insiders bought Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (NASDAQ:RRGB) stock earlier this year, a positive sign for shareholders

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When a single insider purchases stock, it is typically not a major deal. However, when multiple insiders purchase stock, like in Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:RRGB) instance, it's good news for shareholders.

Although we don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether.

Check out our latest analysis for Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by President Paul J. Murphy for US$226k worth of shares, at about US$22.57 per share. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price than the current share price (being US$8.53). Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. In our view, the price an insider pays for shares is very important. As a general rule, we feel more positive about a stock if insiders have bought shares at above current prices, because that suggests they viewed the stock as good value, even at a higher price.

While Red Robin Gourmet Burgers insiders bought shares during the last year, they didn't sell. You can see the insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

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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).

Insider Ownership

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Based on our data, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers insiders have about 2.2% of the stock, worth approximately US$2.9m. We prefer to see high levels of insider ownership.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Insiders?

It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded Red Robin Gourmet Burgers shares in the last quarter. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. The transactions are fine but it'd be more encouraging if Red Robin Gourmet Burgers insiders bought more shares in the company. So these insider transactions can help us build a thesis about the stock, but it's also worthwhile knowing the risks facing this company. Every company has risks, and we've spotted 2 warning signs for Red Robin Gourmet Burgers you should know about.

If you would prefer to check out another company -- one with potentially superior financials -- then do not miss this free list of interesting companies, that have HIGH return on equity and low debt.

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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