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There are several catalysts that can move an issue higher. One that flies under the radar sometimes is insider buys. A large insider purchase in Dropbox (NYSE:DBX) last week has added more momentum to the move.
Not The Greatest IPO: Dropbox made its Wall Street debut in March 2018 at $29. It put in a pair of lows in its first two sessions ($27.84 and $27.75) and began to move higher. After hovering at the $30 area for a few months it had a great five-day run in June 2018.
After ending its June 11 session at $30.10, it made its all-time high ($43.50) and all-time closing high on that same day at $42 and quickly surrendered a majority of those gains. Only eight days later it swooned to $30.65 and mounted a rebound.
Once the issue breached its IPO low in July it went into an extended decline with intermittent rebounds. However, its ultimate low wasn't made until March 2020 at $14.55. By year-end, it clawed its way back to $22.19.
Holding Steady Until March: Although it rallied up to $24.53 in January and $25.70 in February, it was in the vicinity of its year-end close when it ended February at $22.55. Since ending its March 3 session at $22.52, it has been higher in seven of the last eight sessions, not including Tuesday's price action.
On Friday, it had a significant bump, when there was speculation by Dealreporter regarding a possible takeover. For the week, it added just over $3 to close at $27.06.
The Catalyst: With the company possibly in play, there was another significant catalyst over the weekend. That being a director indirectly purchased 100,000 shares of this San Francisco-based company. At prices of $24.51 to $24.58 per share, that totaled almost $2.46 million. The week's close at $27.06 indicates up to a 10% gain for that director.
That news instigated another leg higher on Monday as the issue crossed $28 for the first time since September 2018, peaking at $28.25, and falling back to end the session at $27.96.
In Tuesday’s session, the issue surpassed Monday’s high, reaching $28.33 early in the session, but has fallen back under it. Bulls in the issue will want the issue to improve on Monday’s close with a potential double-top in place.
The full discussion on the issue from Tuesday’s show can be found here: