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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 we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Visteon Corporation (NASDAQ:VC).
What Is Insider Selling?
Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock on the market. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.
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’.
Visteon Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
Director Harry Wilson made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$385k worth of shares at a price of US$79.62 each. So it’s clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price than the current share price (being US$65.49). It’s very possible they regret the purchase, but it’s more likely they are bullish about the company. In our view, the price an insider pays for shares is very important. It is generally more encouraging if they paid above the current price, as it suggests they saw value, even at higher levels.
In the last twelve months insiders purchased 14500 shares for US$1.2m. But insiders sold 850 shares worth US$99k. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by Visteon insiders. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!
There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.
Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. 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 0.6% of Visteon shares, worth about US$10m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it’s enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.
What Might The Insider Transactions At Visteon Tell Us?
It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded Visteon shares in the last quarter. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. Overall we don’t see anything to make us think Visteon insiders are doubting the company, and they do own shares. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Visteon, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.
Of course Visteon may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of high quality companies.
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