Have Insiders Been Selling Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:OXY) Shares?

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Simply Wall St
Published
December 23, 2020

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 we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:OXY).

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, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year'.

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Occidental Petroleum Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Senior Vice President of Strategy, Oscar Brown, sold US$1.3m worth of shares at a price of US$23.97 per share. While we don't usually like to see insider selling, it's more concerning if the sales take place at a lower price. The silver lining is that this sell-down took place above the latest price (US$16.92). So it may not tell us anything about how insiders feel about the current share price. Oscar Brown was the only individual insider to sell shares in the last twelve months.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 48.76k shares worth US$767k. But they sold 93.91k shares for US$1.7m. Oscar Brown divested 93.91k shares over the last 12 months at an average price of US$18.53. You can see the insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NYSE:OXY Insider Trading Volume December 23rd 2020

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Insider Ownership

I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with 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. It appears that Occidental Petroleum insiders own 0.2% of the company, worth about US$36m. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Occidental Petroleum Insiders?

There haven't been any insider transactions in the last three months -- that doesn't mean much. We don't take much encouragement from the transactions by Occidental Petroleum insiders. But we do like the fact that insiders own a fair chunk of the company. In addition to knowing about insider transactions going on, it's beneficial to identify the risks facing Occidental Petroleum. At Simply Wall St, we found 3 warning signs for Occidental Petroleum that deserve your attention before buying any shares.

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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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