Did World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) Insiders Sell Shares?

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. The flip side of that is that there are more than a few examples of insiders dumping stock prior to a period of weak performance. So we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE).

What Is Insider Buying?

It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. As Peter Lynch said, ‘insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.’

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At World Wrestling Entertainment

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the Co-President & Director, Michelle Wilson, for US$11m worth of shares, at about US$80.03 per share. So we know that an insider sold shares at around the present share price of US$73.18. We generally don’t like to see insider selling, but the lower the sale price, the more it concerns us. Given that the sale took place at around current prices, it makes us a little cautious but is hardly a major concern.

We note that in the last year insiders divested 516k shares for a total of US$43m. World Wrestling Entertainment insiders didn’t buy any shares over the last year. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NYSE:WWE Recent Insider Trading, July 15th 2019
NYSE:WWE Recent Insider Trading, July 15th 2019

Insider Ownership of World Wrestling Entertainment

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. World Wrestling Entertainment insiders own about US$2.3b worth of shares (which is 41% of the company). This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About World Wrestling Entertainment Insiders?

There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. While we feel good about high insider ownership of World Wrestling Entertainment, we can’t say the same about the selling of shares. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for World Wrestling Entertainment.

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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.

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