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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Heliospectra AB (publ) (STO:HELIO).
What Is Insider Selling?
It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. 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 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’.
Heliospectra Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
While there weren’t any large insider transactions in the last twelve months, it’s still worth looking at the trading.
You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, 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).
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 kr1.7m worth of Heliospectra stock, about 1.0% of the company. However, it’s possible that insiders might have an indirect interest through a more complex structure. We prefer to see high levels of insider ownership.
So What Do The Heliospectra Insider Transactions Indicate?
There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. While we have no worries about the insider transactions, we’d be more comfortable if they owned more Heliospectra stock. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Heliospectra.
But note: Heliospectra 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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