Potential XPO Logistics, Inc. (NYSE:XPO) shareholders may wish to note that the Chief Financial Officer, David Wyshner, recently bought US$101k worth of stock, paying US$67.13 for each share. However, it only increased shareholding by a small percentage, and it wasn’t a huge purchase by absolute value, either.
XPO Logistics Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
Independent Director Jason Papastavrou made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$104k worth of shares at a price of US$75.42 each. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of US$63.81. Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. In our view, the price an insider pays for shares is very important. As a general rule, we feel more positive about a stock if insiders have bought shares at above current prices, because that suggests they viewed the stock as good value, even at a higher price. Notably Jason Papastavrou was also the biggest seller.
In the last twelve months insiders purchased 2.88k shares for US$204k. On the other hand they divested 1375 shares, for US$104k. In total, XPO Logistics insiders bought more than they sold over the last year. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!
There are always plenty of stocks that insiders are buying. So if that suits your style you could check each stock one by one or you could take a look at this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).
Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Insiders own 0.7% of XPO Logistics shares, worth about US$41m. 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 XPO Logistics Insiders?
It is good to see the recent insider purchase. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. Insiders likely see value in XPO Logistics shares, given these transactions (along with notable insider ownership of the company). So while it’s helpful to know what insiders are doing in terms of buying or selling, it’s also helpful to know the risks that a particular company is facing. At Simply Wall St, we’ve found that XPO Logistics has 2 warning signs (1 is significant!) that deserve your attention before going any further with your analysis.
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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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