Why insider trading matters?

If management teams do not own any relevant stakes in the companies they guide, they may not be focused on creating wealth for shareholders to the same degree, compared to those that see their personal wealth increase when share prices rise.

- Klaus Gugler, Economist
Tesla, Inc. (TSLA)
Sector: Consumer Cyclical; Industry: Auto Manufacturers

Tesla, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, leases, and sells electric vehicles, and energy generation and storage systems in the United States, China, Netherlands, Norway, and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Automotive; and Energy Generation and Storage. It also provides electric powertrain components and systems; and services for electric vehicles through its company-owned service locations, and Tesla mobile service technicians, as well as sells used vehicles. This segment markets and sells its products through a network of company-owned stores and galleries, as well as through its own Website.


Trade Date Insider Title Buy/Sell #Shares Price Value Option
2011-05-25 Straubel Jeffrey B CTO Sell 12,000 $27.45 $329,353 No
2011-05-18 Ahuja Deepak Chief Financial Officer Sell 1,000 $26.15 $26,151 Yes
2011-04-28 Ahuja Deepak Chief Financial Officer Sell 500 $27.22 $13,612 Yes
2011-04-25 Straubel Jeffrey B CTO Sell 12,000 $26.30 $315,636 No
2011-04-18 Ahuja Deepak Chief Financial Officer Sell 1,000 $25.04 $25,039 Yes
2011-03-31 Straubel Jeffrey B CTO Sell 12,000 $27.73 $332,804 No
2011-03-31 Ahuja Deepak Chief Financial Officer Sell 1,000 $27.41 $27,415 Yes
2011-03-18 Ahuja Deepak Chief Financial Officer Sell 1,000 $23.05 $23,055 Yes
2011-03-09 Jurvetson Stephen T Director Sell 221,529 $24.71 $5,473,904 No
2011-03-07 Passin Gilbert VP- Manufacturing Sell 300 $25.00 $7,500 Yes
2011-02-18 Ahuja Deepak Chief Financial Officer Sell 1,000 $23.21 $23,211 Yes
2010-07-02 Straubel Jeffrey B Chief Technology Officer Buy 200 $17.00 $3,400 Yes
2010-07-02 Buss Brad W Director Buy 11,764 $17.00 $199,988 No
2010-07-02 Passin Gilbert Vice President, Manufacturing Buy 200 $17.00 $3,400 No
2010-07-02 Musk Elon Pres, Prod Architect & Director Sell 1,415,167 $17.00 $24,057,839 Yes
2010-07-02 Musk Kimbal Director Sell 50,764 $17.00 $862,988 Yes

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PENN NATIONAL GAMING INC (PENN) - PENN took a deep dive from $36 to $5 due to the crash, anyone who was bold enough to pick up some shares in March or April could have made a 900% profit in 2 months. But bottom fishing is always easier said than done, if one took a safer bet and followed multiple insider buying around $18, a 100% profit is still impressive.

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Planet Fitness, Inc (PLNT) - Our position in PLNT is also inspired by insider trading, if insiders are comfortable and confident buying around $50, it is an easy hold if you can pick it up at an even lower price. Our avg cost of the position is ~$40 and is now with 50% profit.