Have Insiders Been Selling Murphy Oil Corporation (NYSE:MUR) Shares?

We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. 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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Murphy Oil Corporation (NYSE:MUR).

What Is Insider Buying?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock in the company. 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 logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Murphy Oil

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Executive Vice President of Offshore, Michael McFadyen, sold US$330k worth of shares at a price of US$24.27 per share. So we know that an insider sold shares at around the present share price of US$22.35. While insider selling is a negative, to us, it is more negative if the shares are sold 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.

Insiders in Murphy Oil didn’t buy any shares in the last year. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NYSE:MUR Recent Insider Trading, February 7th 2020
NYSE:MUR Recent Insider Trading, February 7th 2020

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Insiders at Murphy Oil Have Sold Stock Recently

The last quarter saw substantial insider selling of Murphy Oil shares. In total, insiders dumped US$537k worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any purchases whatsoever. In light of this it’s hard to argue that all the insiders think that the shares are a bargain.

Insider Ownership of Murphy Oil

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. It’s great to see that Murphy Oil insiders own 5.8% of the company, worth about US$197m. This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Murphy Oil 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. While insiders do own a lot of shares in the company (which is good), our analysis of their transactions doesn’t make us feel confident about the company. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Murphy Oil.

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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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