The big spenders have bailed, leaving a harried few to mop up (or drop) a few shares two weeks before Christmas.

Now was as good a time as any for Austal (ASX:ASB) chairman John Rothwell to dump almost $1m of stock this week.

The shares have been tracking sideways since the tail end of 2016, notwithstanding consistent news about new contracts and boats delivered.

On November 11, 2016, Austal shares were $1.80. On Friday, they closed at $1.86.

>> Scroll down for the who’s who of traders last week.

It just so happens that on November 11, 2016, Mr Rothwell made his last trade in the company — this time buying 306,947 shares for about half a million bucks.

Think Childcare (ASX:TNK) chief and managing director Mathew Edwards also sold, making $260,000.

Two weeks earlier, Mr Edwards and chairman Mark Kerr watched as 33,333 and 13,333 performance rights, respectively, were cancelled as they hadn’t hit their targets.

Redbubble (ASX:RBL) founder Martin Hosking stepped down as chief of the company in June, citing the noble cause of needing to serve the business, not his own ego.

But he’s not gone.

Still on the board, Mr Hosking bought another 1.7m shares for just over $800,000 and owns almost 20 per cent of the company.

Redbubble’s shares have tanked since November after they said the marketplace was being penalised by a Google algorithm change — just before Thanksgiving. Sales for that festive season were up on the year before, but the vagaries of the Google Algorithm still spooked investors.

Dongfang Modern Agriculture’s (ASX:DFM) youthful chief was back buying, as he has been every week since the start of September.

He now owns 70 per cent of the China-focused orange grower.

Consolidated Zinc (ASX:CZL) chairman Stephen Copulos did a rubbish trade last week, buying stock for 2.4c and selling for 1.8c.

The purchase for $105,000 was part of a share purchase plan and the sale for $180,000 was an off market deal.

Mr Copulos has been around ASX boards for years, noting a series of mining and food companies on his resume from KFC to Crusader Resources.

He is also a big shareholder in Myer (ASX:MYR), and reckons the retailer should close a third of its stores ASAP — to teach its landlords a lesson.

CodeCompanyDirectorChangeDateVolume$WhatTotal holdings controlled
PGCParagon CareBrent StewartBuyDec 7160,000100000On market3m
SHVSelect HarvestsFrederick GrimwadeSellDec 4, 6, 720,000119899On market86,375
TGOTrimantium GrowthOpsPhillip KingstonBuyDec 10100,000100000Off market23m
Z1PZip CoPhillip CrutchfieldBuyDec 6700,000700,000Exercise options5.2m
ASBAustal John RothwellSellDec 5-7500,000928493On market32m
LCMLitigation Capital ManagementPatrick MoloneyBuyDec 4555,556500000Capital raising5m
LMGLatrobe MagnesiumDavid PatersonBuyDec 1023m181769Convert debt to equity123m
NTDNational Tyre & WheelTerence SmithBuyNov 15-19505,000295083On market28m
PPCPeetTrevor AllenSellDec 111331136405On market95,837
WGXWestgold ResourcesPeter CookBuyDec 11400,000357249On market10m
CZLConsolidated ZincStephen CopulosBuyDec 114.4m105000Share purchase plan233m
CZLConsolidated ZincStephen CopulosSellDec 1110m180000Off market223m
DFMDongfang Modern AgricultureHongwei CaiBuyDec 11149,481141390On market275m
JKLLawFinanceDiane JonesBuyNov 7, 212.1m114189Capital raising and convert performance rights3.6m
PARParadigm BiopharmaceuticalsPaul RennieBuyDec 13780,392545000Capital raising and share plan45m
RBLRedbubbleMartin HoskingBuyDec 141.7m833261Exercise options50.4m
TNKThink ChildcareMathew EdwardsSellDec 14200,000260,000On market14m