This Insider Has Just Sold Shares In Diamondback Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:FANG)

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Simply Wall St
Published
March 03, 2021
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Some Diamondback Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:FANG) shareholders may be a little concerned to see that the Executive VP & Chief Engineer, Russell Pantermuehl, recently sold a substantial US$745k worth of stock at a price of US$74.51 per share. However, that sale only accounted for 8.8% of their holding, so arguably it doesn't say much about their conviction.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Diamondback Energy

Notably, that recent sale by Russell Pantermuehl is the biggest insider sale of Diamondback Energy shares that we've seen in the last year. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of US$74.44. While we don't usually like to see insider selling, it's more concerning if the sales take place at a lower price. Given that the sale took place at around current prices, it makes us a little cautious but is hardly a major concern.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid US$653k for 23.70k shares. But they sold 10.00k shares for US$745k. You can see the insider transactions (by companies and 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!

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NasdaqGS:FANG Insider Trading Volume March 4th 2021

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Does Diamondback Energy Boast High Insider Ownership?

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Insiders own 0.5% of Diamondback Energy shares, worth about US$60m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it's enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

So What Do The Diamondback Energy Insider Transactions Indicate?

An insider sold stock recently, but they haven't been buying. Zooming out, the longer term picture doesn't give us much comfort. Insiders own shares, but we're still pretty cautious, given the history of sales. We'd practice some caution before buying! While we like knowing what's going on with the insider's ownership and transactions, we make sure to also consider what risks are facing a stock before making any investment decision. Every company has risks, and we've spotted 4 warning signs for Diamondback Energy you should know about.

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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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