Recent recap provides a one and eight week measurement of insider sentiment by tracking the ratio of insider sales to insider purchases. When insiders buy or sell their company's stock it is conjectured that they state their opinion of the company's future.
Insider Sentiment is calculated by adding all insider direct open market sells and buys (excluding option-related transactions) that have occurred in the time period. If the buys outweigh the sells it is a POSITIVE sentiment. If the sells outweigh the buys it is NEGATIVE. If the buys and sells are approximately equal or there have been no transactions the Insider Sentiment is considered NEUTRAL.
Sell/Buy Ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of insider sales into the total number of buys filed with the SEC each week. The eight-week ratio is a moving average of the weekly ratio. A ratio of less than 2.0 is considered bullish and over 2.5 is bearish. The trend of the sell/buy ratio can also be important. A value below 2.0 with a ratio that has been declining over the previous eight weeks is considered more bullish.