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Snatch This Bargain Dividend Stock Even Cheaper Than Director Haynes Did

By Dividend Channel Staff, Thursday, November 17, 4:30 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 November 11, Tompkins Financial Corp's Director, Carl E Haynes, invested $10,137.76 into 261 shares of TMP, for a cost per share of $38.84. 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 Thursday, bargain hunters could buy shares of Tompkins Financial Corp (AMEX:TMP) and achieve a cost basis 1.0% cheaper than Haynes, with shares changing hands as low as $38.45 per share. Tompkins Financial Corp shares are currently trading up about 0.4% on the day. The chart below shows the one year performance of TMP shares, versus its 200 day moving average:

Tompkins Financial Corp Chart

The current annualized dividend paid by Tompkins Financial Corp is $1.44/share, currently paid in quarterly installments, and its most recent dividend ex-date was on 11/02/2011. Below is a long-term dividend history chart for TMP, which can be of good help in judging whether the most recent dividend with approx. 3.7% annualized yield is likely to continue.

Looking at the chart above, TMP's low point in its 52 week range is $33.37 per share, with $42.39 as the 52 week high point that compares with a last trade of $38.69. 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
07/25/2011 Francis M Fetsko EVP, CFO & Treasurer 231 $40.43 $9,339.26
08/12/2011 Carl E Haynes Director 200 $39.60 $7,920.00
09/16/2011 Carl E Haynes Director 218 $36.27 $7,907.95
10/11/2011 Carl E Haynes Director 211 $37.40 $7,891.40
11/09/2011 Susan A Henry Director 1,047 $38.21 $40,005.87
11/11/2011 Carl E Haynes Director 261 $38.84 $10,137.76

TMP operates in the Banking & Savings sector, among companies like Bank of Montreal (NYSE:BMO) which is down about 1.7% today, and Banco Bradesco S.A. (NYSE:BBD) trading lower by about 2.8%. Below is a three month price history chart comparing the stock performance of TMP, versus BMO and BBD.

TMP,BMO,BBD Relative Performance Chart


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