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 before you buy or sell SpareBank 1 Østfold Akershus (OB:SOAG), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.
Do Insider Transactions Matter?
It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.
Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. 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 SpareBank 1 Østfold Akershus
There wasn’t any very large single transaction over the last year, but we can still observe some trading.
Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 607 shares worth øre119k. SpareBank 1 Østfold Akershus may have bought shares in the last year, but they didn’t sell any. 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!
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Does SpareBank 1 Østfold Akershus Boast High Insider Ownership?
Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. From looking at our data, insiders own øre42m worth of SpareBank 1 Østfold Akershus stock, about 1.5% of the company. I generally like to see higher levels of ownership.
So What Do The SpareBank 1 Østfold Akershus Insider Transactions Indicate?
The fact that there have been no SpareBank 1 Østfold Akershus insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. Insiders own shares in SpareBank 1 Østfold Akershus and we see no evidence to suggest they are worried about the future. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in SpareBank 1 Østfold Akershus, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.
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