Read This Before Buying Chuy’s Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHUY) Shares

It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So before you buy or sell Chuy’s Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHUY), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Buying?

It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

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. 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 Chuy’s Holdings

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the VP, CFO & Director, Jon Howie, for US$149k worth of shares, at about US$30.25 per share. While we don’t usually like to see insider selling, it’s more concerning if the sales take price at a lower price. The silver lining is that this sell-down took place above the latest price (US$21.86). So it may not shed much light on insider confidence at current levels.

Over the last year, we note insiders sold 6500 shares worth US$183k. Chuy’s Holdings insiders didn’t buy any shares over the last year. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NasdaqGS:CHUY Recent Insider Trading, April 9th 2019
NasdaqGS:CHUY Recent Insider Trading, April 9th 2019

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Chuy’s Holdings Insiders Are Selling The Stock

The last three months saw some Chuy’s Holdings insider selling. Independent Director Ira Zecher only netted US$34k selling shares, in that period. Neither the lack of buying nor the presence of selling is heartening. But the volume sold is so low that it really doesn’t bother us.

Insider Ownership

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. Our data suggests Chuy’s Holdings insiders own 1.0% of the company, worth about US$3.6m. We prefer to see high levels of insider ownership.

So What Do The Chuy’s Holdings Insider Transactions Indicate?

Our data shows a little more insider selling, but no insider buying, in the last three months. But given the selling was modest, we’re not worried. Recent sales exacerbate our caution arising from analysis of Chuy’s Holdings insider transactions. And we’re not picking up on high enough insider ownership to give us any comfort. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Chuy’s Holdings.

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