Have Insiders Been Selling U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB) Shares?

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. On the other hand, we’d be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So before you buy or sell U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Buying?

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.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. 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’.

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U.S. Bancorp Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

The , John Elmore, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$1.0m worth of shares at a price of US$53.59 each. That means that an insider was selling shares at around the current price of US$52.12. While insider selling is a negative, to us, it is more negative if the shares are sold at a lower price. In this case, the big sale took place at around the current price, so it’s not too bad (but it’s still not a positive).

In the last twelve months insiders netted US$5.8m for 111k shares sold. U.S. Bancorp insiders didn’t buy any shares over the last year. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NYSE:USB Recent Insider Trading, June 20th 2019
NYSE:USB Recent Insider Trading, June 20th 2019

I will like U.S. Bancorp better if I see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.

U.S. Bancorp Insiders Are Selling The Stock

The last three months saw significant insider selling at U.S. Bancorp. In total, insiders dumped US$2.4m worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any purchases whatsoever. This may suggest that some insiders think that the shares are not cheap.

Does U.S. Bancorp Boast High Insider Ownership?

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. U.S. Bancorp insiders own 0.3% of the company, currently worth about US$222m based on the recent share price. I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At U.S. Bancorp Tell Us?

Insiders sold stock recently, but they haven’t been buying. Looking to the last twelve months, our data doesn’t show any insider buying. But since U.S. Bancorp is profitable and growing, we’re not too worried by this. It is good to see high insider ownership, but the insider selling leaves us cautious. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in U.S. Bancorp, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

But note: U.S. Bancorp 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.

For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.

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