Multiple Insider Buys as Company Issues Preferred Stock Offering: WesBanco Inc Stock (NASDAQ: WSBC)

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  • Eight different insiders stepped up to buy shares of WesBanco Inc (NASDAQ: WSBC) preferred offering that was issued on August 4. For the Wheeling, WV bank, it’s an indication of positive expectations for the bank as it attempts to find a bottom and work it’s way higher. In a week where interest has picked up for banking stocks, it makes the timing of the issuance and purchases interest for those looking for long opportunities.

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  • When the company reported earnings on July 22, they missed analyst estimates with non-GAAP EPS if $0.07 compared to the estimated $0.35. The company had previously reported $0.56 a year ago. They surpassed analyst estimates for revenues and last year’s mark with $151.87 million in quarterly revenue.

    Insiders currently own 2.65% of the outstanding shares with nearly 60% of the shares owned by institutions. On August 4, eight different insiders bought 31,280 shares totaling $782,000. The share purchases aren’t necessarily a strong signal for future price appreciation, but it does provide some bullish indications for a stock price that has been struggling since its March low near $19. On Thursday, the price finished 1.8% higher on higher volume.

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    Action to Take: The insider trades indicate the potential for the company to pay its preferred dividend. The company pays a dividend yield of 6.1% to its common shareholders. The near-term price target is around $25.