Have Insiders Been Selling National Steel and Agro Industries Limited (NSE:NATNLSTEEL) Shares?

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in National Steel and Agro Industries Limited (NSE:NATNLSTEEL).

What Is Insider Buying?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. For example, a Columbia University study found that ‘insiders are more likely to engage in open market purchases of their own company’s stock when the firm is about to reveal new agreements with customers and suppliers’.

See our latest analysis for National Steel and Agro Industries

National Steel and Agro Industries 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.

The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NSEI:NATNLSTEEL Recent Insider Trading, May 3rd 2019
NSEI:NATNLSTEEL Recent Insider Trading, May 3rd 2019

I will like National Steel and Agro Industries better if I see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.

Insider Ownership of National Steel and Agro Industries

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Insiders own 30% of National Steel and Agro Industries shares, worth about ₹60m. 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 Do The National Steel and Agro Industries Insider Transactions Indicate?

There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. Still, the insider transactions at National Steel and Agro Industries in the last 12 months are not very heartening. But we do like the fact that insiders own a fair chunk of the company. I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can access this interactive graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow for free .

But note: National Steel and Agro Industries may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.

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