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Insider Buying Jumps as Market Volatility Grows: Sears, IFF, Pulse Biosciences, PRA Group, Radius Health and More

After weeks of sitting on the sidelines, insiders have been buying shares again in earnest, and the big drop in the markets last week, combined with higher volatility seemed to really get them out. The big market sell-off combined with renewed anxiety after the terror incident in London seemed to act as a cue to buyers looking to take advantage of corporate windows to buy shares that are still open in front of first-quarter earnings, which are now only two weeks away.

We cover insider buying each and every week at 24/7 Wall St., and we like to remind readers that while insider buying is usually a very positive sign, it is not in of itself a reason to run out and buy a stock. Sometimes insiders and 10% owners have stock purchase plans set up at intervals to add to their holdings. That aside, it still remains an overall positive indicator.

Here are some of the companies that reported notable insider buying last week.

Troubled Sears Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHLD) again saw some insider buying. Fairholme Capital, a 10% owner, bought shares twice. One buy late in the week was 613,900 shares of the iconic retailer at prices that ranged from $7.89 to $9.00 apiece. The total for the trade was posted at $5 million. Earlier in the week, Fairholme bought...