Directors at BG Group plc (LON:BG), Debenhams Plc (LON:DEB) and Chemring Group plc (LON:CHG) have been buying shares in today’s high-flying market.
The FTSE 100 index is up 7% since the start of the year and up 20% (over 1,000 points) since last year's summer low. The price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio stands at 13 and the dividend yield at 3.5%. That compares with a P/E of just 9.5 and a yield of 4% back in June.
Nevertheless, directors at BG Group (LSE: BG) (NASDAQOTH: BRGYY.US), Debenhams (LSE: DEB) and Chemring Group (LSE: CHG) have been buying shares in their own companies in today's high-flying market.
BG Group's crown as the top-rated oil and gas stock among the Footsie's mega-caps has slipped of late.
Warnings of no growth in volumes this year and that previous guidance of more than one million barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2015 will not now be reached have given shareholders the jitters.
However, these setbacks haven't dented chairman Andrew Gould's faith in the group's longer-term growth story, which is centred on massive oil assets in the Santos Basin off Brazil.
Earlier this week, Gould more than doubled his shareholding in the company, investing close to £400,000 at 1,120p a share.
The price is little changed since the chairman opened his wallet, and analyst forecasts for the current year put the company on a P/E of 13.5 compared with a previous rating in the high teens.
Debenhams, the department-store chain, reported record sales during December in a post-Christmas trading update in January.
Chief executive Michael Sharp was "pleased with our performance in the first four months of our financial year" – so pleased, in fact, that he bought 100,000 shares at 109.5p a pop on the same day.
Sharp was averaging down from the 115p a share he paid for a previous tranche of 100,000 shares when the company released its annual results in October last year.
You can pick up Debenhams' shares at 95p today on a forecast P/E of just over 9 and a yield of 3.5%.
This mid-cap defence group's annual results announced in January were awful, but in line with market expectations. The counted as something of a triumph after a previous round of profit warnings; and a strategic update was also well received by the market.
Chief executive Mark Papworth, who had bought 50,000 shares at 225p a share soon after his appointment last November, add a further 50,000 following the results. This time he paid 280p, splashing out £140,000.
The share price is little changed. With a forecast P/E of just over 9 and a yield of 3.7%, the rating is similar to that of Debenhams.
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> G A Chester does not own shares in any of the companies mentioned in this article.