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Insider Buying Hits Nine-Year High as Stocks Sink to Bear Market

  • Demand from company executives seen helping calm market
  • Beware their timing during last bear market was a little early
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At least one group of investors has gone bargain hunting during the wildest stretch on Wall Street in over a decade.

Corporate executives and officers have been scooping up shares of their own companies at a breakneck pace in the first two weeks of March, exceeding the total of the prior two months. Insider buys are outstripping sales by the most since 2011, data compiled by The Washington Service showed.