Debra Reed-Klages Just Bought Shares In Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX)

Those following along with Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX) will no doubt be intrigued by the recent purchase of shares by Debra Reed-Klages, of the company, who spent a stonking US$502k on stock at an average price of US$118. That increased their holding by a full 149.3%, which arguably implies the sort of confidence required for a shy sweet-natured nerd to ask the most popular kid in the school to go out on a date.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Chevron

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Independent Director, Enrique Hernandez, sold US$513k worth of shares at a price of US$122 per share. So it’s clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even slightly below the current price of US$122. When an insider sells below the current price, it suggests that they considered that lower price to be fair. That makes us wonder what they think of the (higher) recent valuation. Please do note, however, that sellers may have a variety of reasons for selling, so we don’t know for sure what they think of the stock price. It is worth noting that this sale was only 21.3% of Enrique Hernandez’s holding. Enrique Hernandez was the only individual insider to sell over the last year.

Enrique Hernandez sold a total of 6300 shares over the year at an average price of US$122. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NYSE:CVX Recent Insider Trading, August 12th 2019
NYSE:CVX Recent Insider Trading, August 12th 2019

Insider Ownership of Chevron

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. It appears that Chevron insiders own 0.02% of the company, worth about US$48m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Chevron Insiders?

The stark truth for Chevron is that there has been more insider selling than insider buying in the last three months. Zooming out, the longer term picture doesn’t give us much comfort. But it is good to see that Chevron is growing earnings. Insiders own shares, but we’re still pretty cautious, given the history of sales. We’d think twice before buying! Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Chevron.

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