As mentioned recently in the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Service recorded a dramatic increase in corporate insider buying. In March the ratio of companies with insider buying to companies with insider selling has climbed to 1.76 (1,290 companies bought to 735 companies sold). The March 2020 ratio is the highest ratio of companies with insider buying to selling since March 2009 (1.87).
In April, both the ratio and total number of companies with trading activity has fallen. Thus far in April, insiders reported purchases at 221 companies and sales at 415 companies, for a ratio of 0.53. This decrease might be the result of trading blackouts that occur prior to company’s reporting quarterly earnings.