Meme Stock Bed Bath & Beyond Has Slumped. Insiders Scooped Up Shares.

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Bed Bath & Beyond stock has plummeted, but insiders at the home goods retailer just bought stock worth nearly half a million dollars.

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Not all so-called meme stocks like Gamestop and AMC Entertainment Holdings rocket in value.,
shares of bed Bath and Beyond Prove it with a double-digit drop last year and more in 2022.

That red ink may have sparked a buying flurry by insiders at the home goods retailer. Executives and a director bought shares worth nearly half a million dollars on January 7.

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Bed Bath & Beyond stock (ticker: BBBY) fell 18% in 2021, while the S&P 500 index was up 27%,
Shares are down 5.2% so far in 2022, compared to a 0.8% drop in the index. This week, Bed Bath & Beyond stock was trading as low as $12.51, its lowest price since September 2020.

Chief Financial Officer Gustavo Arenal led the purchase, $207,150 paid for 15,000 shares, an average per-share price of $13.81. According to a form filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Arenal now owns 333,196 Bed Bath & Beyond shares.

Bed Bath & Beyond did not respond to requests for comment, making Arnelle or any insider who bought the stock available for comment. Arnal recently bought the stock in November, when he Paid $255,550 for 12,500 shares, each has an average price of $20.44.

Rafeh Masood, Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer, Paid $98,000 for 7,000 Bed Bath & Beyond shares, an average per-share price of $14. He now holds 153,391 shares. This was the first open-market stock purchase for Masood. Joined Bed Bath & Beyond in May 2020, Most of the shares they hold are from grants from restricted stock units, or RSUs.

director Joshua Schechter Paid $83,160 for 6,000 shares, average price $13.86 each. He now holds 35,087 shares. Schechter, a private investor, last bought the stock in April 2021, when he Paid $75,000 for 3,000 shares, an average price per share of $25.02.

Joe Hertsig, Executive VP and Chief Business Officer, Paid $68,900 for 5,000 shares, an average price per share of $13.78. They now have 221,528 Bed Bath & Beyond shares. This was the first open-market stock purchase for Hertsig, who joined the company in March 2020. Most of the shares held by him are from grants from RSUs.

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