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Hao Liu just bought 8.6% more shares in Playtech plc (LON: PTEC)

Those who follow with Playtech plc (LON: PTEC) will no doubt be intrigued by the recent share purchase by insider Hao Liu, who spent £ 3.4million on shares at an average price of £ 6.79. It is undeniable that a purchase of this magnitude suggests conviction for a better future, although we note that proportionately, this only increased their stake by 8.6%.

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Playtech Insider Transactions in the Last Year

Notably, this recent purchase by Hao Liu is the biggest insider buy of Playtech shares we’ve seen in the past year. This means that an insider was happy to buy shares above the current price of UK £ 6.73. While their opinion may have changed since the purchase, it at least suggests that they have confidence in the future of the business. We always take careful note of the price insiders pay when they buy stocks. It is generally more encouraging if they paid above the current price, as it suggests that they have seen value, even at higher levels.

Playtech insiders may have bought shares in the past year, but they haven’t sold any. You can see insider trading (by companies and individuals) over the past year represented in the graph below. If you click on the chart you can see all of the individual trades including the stock price, individual and date!

LSE: PTEC Insider Trading Volume October 24, 2021

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Insider ownership

Many investors like to check how well a company is owned by insiders. Strong insider ownership often makes company management more concerned with the interests of shareholders. Based on our data, Playtech insiders own around 0.2% of the shares, worth around £ 3.4million. I generally like to see higher levels of ownership.

What might insider trading at Playtech tell us?

It’s certainly positive to see the recent insider buy. And longer-term insider trading gives us confidence as well. While overall insider ownership levels are lower than we’d like to see, the trading history implies that Playtech insiders are reasonably well aligned and bullish for the future. While we love to know what’s going on with insider ownership and trading, we also make sure to consider the risks a stock faces before making any investment decisions. To help you, we have discovered 5 warning signs (2 are significant!) That you should know before buying Playtech stock.

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For the purposes of this article, insiders are the persons who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently account for open market transactions and private assignments, but not derivative transactions.

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