How Much Are Chinook Energy Inc. (TSE:CKE) Insiders Taking Off The Table?

We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So before you buy or sell Chinook Energy Inc. (TSE:CKE), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Selling?

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 logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’

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Chinook Energy Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

There wasn’t any very large single transaction over the last year, but we can still observe some trading.

All up, insiders sold more shares in Chinook Energy than they bought, over the last year. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

TSX:CKE Recent Insider Trading, April 9th 2019
TSX:CKE Recent Insider Trading, April 9th 2019

I will like Chinook Energy better if I see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.

Insiders at Chinook Energy Have Sold Stock Recently

We have seen a bit of insider selling at Chinook Energy, over the last three months. P. Wierzba divested only CA$18k worth of shares in that time. Neither the lack of buying nor the presence of selling is heartening. But the selling simply isn’t sufficiently substantial to be of much use as a signal.

Does Chinook Energy Boast High Insider Ownership?

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Based on our data, Chinook Energy insiders have about 1.6% of the stock, worth approximately CA$491k. We consider this fairly low insider ownership.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Chinook Energy Insiders?

We did not see any insider buying in the last three months, but we did see selling. However, the sales are not big enough to concern us at all. Recent sales exacerbate our caution arising from analysis of Chinook Energy insider transactions. We also note that, as far as we can see, insider ownership is fairly low, compared to other companies. 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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