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Hancock Holding: A 14.5% Better Bargain Than When Estabrook Jr. Bought

By Market News Video Staff, Wednesday, November 23, 2:23 PM ET
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There's an old saying on Wall Street about insider buying: there are many possible reasons to sell a stock, but only one reason to buy. Back on October 28, Hancock Holding Co.'s Director, James B. Estabrook Jr., invested $6,916.67 into 215 shares of HBHC, for a cost per share of $32.11. Bargain hunters tend to pay particular attention to insider buys like this one, because presumably the only reason an insider would take their hard-earned cash and use it to buy stock of their company in the open market, is that they expect to make money.

In trading on Wednesday, bargain hunters could buy shares of Hancock Holding Co. (NASDAQ:HBHC) and achieve a cost basis 14.5% cheaper than Estabrook Jr., with shares changing hands as low as $27.45 per share. Hancock Holding Co. shares are currently trading off about 3.8% on the day. The chart below shows the one year performance of HBHC shares, versus its 200 day moving average:

Hancock Holding Co. Chart

Looking at the chart above, HBHC's low point in its 52 week range is $25.38 per share, with $37.26 as the 52 week high point that compares with a last trade of $27.56. By comparison, below is a table showing the prices at which insider buying was recorded over the last six months:

Purchased Insider Title Shares Price/Share Value
08/11/2011 Richard T. Hill EVP & Sr. Retail Officer 3,000 $27.63 $82,900.00
08/22/2011 Richard T. Hill EVP & Sr. Retail Officer 2,000 $27.23 $54,450.00
08/18/2011 Carl J. Chaney President & CEO 3,700 $27.50 $101,750.00
08/22/2011 Carl J. Chaney President & CEO 2,000 $26.48 $52,960.00
08/22/2011 Edward G. Francis EVP & Commercial Loan Officer 1,000 $26.82 $26,816.00
08/22/2011 Anthony J. Topazi Director 2,000 $26.44 $52,878.00
10/12/2011 Anthony J. Topazi Director 52 $26.81 $1,402.50
10/12/2011 James H. Horne Director 174 $26.81 $4,666.67
10/12/2011 Randall W. Hanna Director 159 $26.81 $4,250.00
10/12/2011 Jerry L. Levens Director 193 $26.81 $5,181.03
10/12/2011 James B. Estabrook Jr. Director 221 $26.81 $5,916.67
10/12/2011 Thomas H. Olinde Director 196 $26.81 $5,250.00
10/28/2011 Thomas H. Olinde Director 148 $32.11 $4,750.00
10/28/2011 Jerry L. Levens Director 183 $32.11 $5,875.00
10/28/2011 James B. Estabrook Jr. Director 215 $32.11 $6,916.67
10/28/2011 Randall W. Hanna Director 132 $32.11 $4,250.00
10/28/2011 Anthony J. Topazi Director 44 $32.11 $1,402.50
10/28/2011 James H. Horne Director 208 $32.11 $6,666.67

HBHC makes up 2.67% of the First Trust NASDAQ ABA Community Bank Index Fund ETF (NASDAQ:QABA)

HBHC operates in the Banking & Savings sector, among companies like Deutsche Bank AG (NYSE:DB) which is down about 3.4% today, and Banco Santander SA (STD) trading lower by about 3.6%. Below is a three month price history chart comparing the stock performance of HBHC, versus DB and STD.

HBHC,DB,STD Relative Performance Chart


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