For investors, finding the right character is part of the game. Stocks don’t necessarily have to choose themselves, and the investors who choose them need to know they are making the right choice. Fortunately for investors – and for the safety of their portfolios – there are reliable signals that a stock is worth buying. One of the best is buying from insiders. Insiders are executives who are deeply invested in the success or failure of their company. They are usually shareholders themselves – but they are not only responsible for their own portfolios. Corporate officers have a duty to their boards of directors, their colleagues, and the stockholders to ensure profits and returns on the stocks. As these insiders start buying large blocks, investors should take note of insider trades that use publicly published stock movements to track them. The Insiders’ Hot Stocks page provides information on what stocks the insiders of the market are buying or selling so you can make informed purchases. We picked three stocks with recently informed purchases to show how the data works for you. First up is Agree Realty Corporation (ADC) a large company in the REIT segment. Agree Realty, headquartered in Metro Detroit, focuses on the acquisition and development of properties for well-known retail tenants. At the end of the third quarter of 20, Agree’s portfolio included 1,027 properties in 45 states and approximately 21 million square feet of rental space. The company’s tenants include 7-Eleven, AutoZone, Dollar General, and Wendy’s franchises. Agree’s third quarter results, released earlier this month, showed a sequential increase in EPS from 76 cents to 80 cents and total rental income of $ 63.7 million. The company reported a quarterly record of $ 470.7 million in rental property investments and increased its dividend. The dividend of 60 cents per share offers investors a yield of 3.67%. All of this at a time when many REITs have reported difficulty collecting rents as tenants coped with the financial repercussions of the corona crisis. In this area, however, Agree was noticeably successful. The company said it received 96%, 97% and 99% of the rents due in July, August and September. Agree has deferral agreements for an additional 2% of its tenants. This success in collecting rentals has laid the foundation for the solid quarterly revenue stream we have already identified. On October 22nd, Agree had a big insider trading. CEO and President Joey Agree bought 15,293 shares for over $ 1 million. This brings the insider sentiment into positive territory here. RJ Milligan, an analyst who covers that stock for Raymond James, writes: “With rental income up 99% in September, ADC continues to lead the way while most of its peers are still tracking down rents. We believe the sharp rise in acquisitions forecasts will push Street estimates for 2021/2022 up significantly, which will likely be the positive catalyst ADC investors have been waiting for. “Milligan gives the stock a strong buy with a target price of $ 82 suggesting 27% growth for the coming year. (To see Milligan’s track record, click here.) Overall, ADC received a strong consensus buy rating based on a unanimous 5 buy ratings recently submitted. ADC shares sell for $ 64.61, and their average price target of $ 74.38 makes the year-long gain of 14%. (See ADC stock analysis on TipRanks) First American Financial (FAF) Next on our list is First American Financial, a title and lender insurance company. FAF is a staple in the mortgage industry, where its insurance products are vital to home loan guarantee. The company also deals with property and casualty insurance and had total sales of $ 6.2 billion last year. After seeing sharp declines in the upper and lower ranges in the first quarter of this year during the economic stalemate triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, FAF saw a sharp rebound. The company posted sequential revenue growth in the second and third quarters. Revenue rose from $ 1.4 billion in the first quarter to $ 1.6 billion in the second and ultimately to $ 1.9 billion in the third quarter. Third quarter earnings rose 24% to $ 1.31 per share. A major insider was recently bought at FAF. It wasn’t a million dollars, but the purchase of 4,000 shares worth $ 191,000 was still significant and gave the stock an overall positive insider vibe. The buyer was Mark Oman from the Board of Directors. FAF fans include Mark Hughes, 5-star analyst at Truist Financial. The analyst gives the stock a buy rating with a target price of $ 66 to suggest an upward movement of 41% over the next 12 months. (To see Hughes’ track record, click here.) Based his stance on the company’s steady flow of business, Hughes writes, “Open orders last month were 2,500 per day, up 21% year over year. This compared to 2,400 per day in July, an increase of 6% compared to the same month last year. In the Refi category, the daily number remained constant sequentially at 3,200, an increase of 46% compared to August 2019. “Our price target of $ 66 assumes the stock is close to 15x our earnings estimate for 2021 at the high end of the recent range for the title companies – we believe this is given the healthy fundamentals in the industry is reasonable – but still at a discount on the S&P 500 beyond the usual discount, “the analyst concluded. Hughes’ review is one of two recommendations recently registered with FAF that make analyst consensus here a moderate buy. The average price target is $ 65, giving the stock 39% upside potential from its current share price of $ 46.62. (See FAF stock analysis on TipRanks) Eastern Bankshares (EBC) The last stock on our list is new to the market. Easter Bankshares is a holding company that owns Eastern Bank, a Massachusetts-based community bank – and the oldest investment bank in the United States. Earlier this month, Eastern made a transition from joint venture status to public company status and sold over 179 million common shares. The offer price was $ 10 per share and the sale raised more than $ 1.79 billion for the company. And this is where insider trading comes in. Eastern executives made major stock purchases during the IPO. Robert Rivers, the company’s CEO and chairman, made the largest single purchase at $ 2 million, and Executive Vice President Barbara Heinemann bought shares valued at $ 1.02 million. Five board members made purchases of $ 1 million or more. For the most part, these purchases were the company’s executives taking their personal stakes in the company and building stock holdings as part of their compensation packages. It’s a routine in the corporate world. But these big stock purchases – 7 of at least $ 1 million and 10 more of $ 200,000 or more – show confidence in the company and the willingness of the top minds to bring their own skins into play. Reaching out to the community of analysts, analyst Laurie Havener covering this new stock for Compass Point, wrote, “We like the EBC story as it gives investors a unique opportunity to look into one that is well capitalized, over 200 years old Boston-based bank, which is well below book value. EBC has a desirable franchise footprint, ranking 5th in the Boston MSA, with a fabulous, low-cost deposit base. “To this end, Havener rates EBC with a purchase price and a price target from $ 15, suggesting this bank holding has room for upward growth of 24% in the coming year. (To see Hunsicker’s track record, click here) Judging by the consensus breakdown on other analyst activity, it has been relatively calm Only 2 analysts have reviewed the bank in the last few weeks, but both were optimistic, which led to a moderate buy consensus (see EBC stocksa Analysis on TipRanks.) Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the presented analysts. The content is for informational purposes only. It is very important that you do your own analysis before making any investment.