We wouldn't blame The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE:PNC) shareholders if they were a little worried about the fact that Deborah Guild, a company insider, recently netted about US$581k selling shares at an average price of US$151. That sale reduced their total holding by 36% which is hardly insignificant, but far from the worst we've seen.
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At PNC Financial Services Group
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Independent Lead Director Andrew Feldstein for US$3.0m worth of shares, at about US$123 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at around the current price of US$148. Of course they may have changed their mind. But this suggests they are optimistic. While we always like to see insider buying, it's less meaningful if the purchases were made at much lower prices, as the opportunity they saw may have passed. The good news for PNC Financial Services Group share holders is that insiders were buying at near the current price.
Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 75.96k shares worth US$8.1m. But they sold 33.92k shares for US$4.8m. In total, PNC Financial Services Group insiders bought more than they sold over the last year. Their average price was about US$106. To my mind it is good that insiders have invested their own money in the company. However, you should keep in mind that they bought when the share price was meaningfully below today's levels. The chart below shows insider transactions (by companies and 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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Insider Ownership of PNC Financial Services Group
For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. PNC Financial Services Group insiders own about US$174m worth of shares (which is 0.3% of the company). Most shareholders would be happy to see this sort of insider ownership, since it suggests that management incentives are well aligned with other shareholders.
So What Does This Data Suggest About PNC Financial Services Group Insiders?
An insider sold stock recently, but they haven't been buying. On the other hand, the insider transactions over the last year are encouraging. And insider ownership remains quite considerable. So the recent selling doesn't worry us. In addition to knowing about insider transactions going on, it's beneficial to identify the risks facing PNC Financial Services Group. In terms of investment risks, we've identified 2 warning signs with PNC Financial Services Group and understanding them should be part of your investment process.
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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.
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