We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. 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 Portland General Electric Company (NYSE:POR).
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.
We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.
Portland General Electric Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the Vice President of Operations Services, Kristin Stathis, for US$231k worth of shares, at about US$57.87 per share. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of US$54.41. While insider selling is a negative, to us, it is more negative if the shares are sold at a lower price. Given that the sale took place at around current prices, it makes us a little cautious but is hardly a major concern.
Portland General Electric insiders didn’t buy any shares over the last year. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!
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Insiders at Portland General Electric Have Sold Stock Recently
We have seen a bit of insider selling at Portland General Electric, over the last three months. insider Bradley Jenkins only netted US$34k selling shares, in that period. Neither the lack of buying nor the presence of selling is heartening. But the volume sold is so low that it really doesn’t bother us.
For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Portland General Electric insiders own about US$21m worth of shares. That equates to 0.4% of the company. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it’s enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.
So What Does This Data Suggest About Portland General Electric Insiders?
Our data shows a little more insider selling, but no insider buying, in the last three months. However, the sales are not big enough to concern us at all. We’re a little cautious about the insider selling at Portland General Electric. But we do like the fact that insiders own a fair chunk of the company. If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.
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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.
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