Have Insiders Been Buying Campbell Soup Company (NYSE:CPB) Shares This Year?

We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Campbell Soup Company (NYSE:CPB).

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 on the market. 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. For example, a Colombia University study found that ‘insiders are more likely to engage in open market purchases of their own company’s stock when the firm is about to reveal new agreements with customers and suppliers’.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Campbell Soup

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by Edward Carolan for US$313k worth of shares, at about US$48.15 per share. That means that an insider was selling shares at around the current price of US$39.20. They could have a variety of motivations for selling, but it’s still not particularly encouraging to see. We generally tread carefully if insiders have been selling on market, even if they sold slightly above the current price.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid US$744k for 19.39k shares. But they sold 13.04k for US$632k. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by Campbell Soup insiders. The average buy price was around US$38.38. These transactions show that insiders have confidence to invest their own money in the stock, albeit at slightly below the recent price of US$39.20. The chart below shows insider transactions over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NYSE:CPB Insider Trading December 4th 18
NYSE:CPB Insider Trading December 4th 18

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Campbell Soup Insiders Bought Stock Recently

It’s good to see that Campbell Soup insiders have made notable investments in the company’s shares. Not only was there no selling that we can see, but they collectively bought US$478k worth of shares. This makes one think the business has some good points.

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. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. It’s great to see that Campbell Soup insiders own 38% of the company, worth about US$4.5b. 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 Campbell Soup Tell Us?

It is good to see recent purchasing. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest Campbell Soup insiders are well aligned, and that they may think the share price is too low. If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

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