Have Insiders Sold MSCI Inc. (NYSE:MSCI) Shares Recently?

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Simply Wall St
Published
August 11, 2021
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Anyone interested in MSCI Inc. (NYSE:MSCI) should probably be aware that the Principal Accounting Officer, Jennifer Mak, recently divested US$187k worth of shares in the company, at an average price of US$622 each. On the bright side, that sale was only 5.6% of their holding, so we doubt it's very meaningful, on its own.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At MSCI

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Chief Human Resources Officer, Scott Crum, sold US$395k worth of shares at a price of US$395 per share. So it's clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even below the current price of US$625. When an insider sells below the current price, it suggests that they considered that lower price to be fair. That makes us wonder what they think of the (higher) recent valuation. Please do note, however, that sellers may have a variety of reasons for selling, so we don't know for sure what they think of the stock price. It is worth noting that this sale was only 3.9% of Scott Crum's holding.

Insiders in MSCI didn't buy any shares in the last year. The chart below shows insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

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NYSE:MSCI Insider Trading Volume August 11th 2021

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Insider Ownership

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. It's great to see that MSCI insiders own 2.9% of the company, worth about US$1.5b. 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 MSCI Tell Us?

An insider sold stock recently, but they haven't been buying. And even if we look at the last year, we didn't see any purchases. But it is good to see that MSCI is growing earnings. It is good to see high insider ownership, but the insider selling leaves us cautious. So these insider transactions can help us build a thesis about the stock, but it's also worthwhile knowing the risks facing this company. For example - MSCI has 2 warning signs we think you should be aware of.

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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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