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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 before you buy or sell Baxter International Inc. (NYSE:BAX), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.
What Is Insider Buying?
It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.
We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. 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.’
Baxter International Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when Independent Director Carole J. Shapazian sold US$191k worth of shares at a price of US$71.79 per share. That means that an insider was selling shares at slightly below the current price (US$74.68). Even though it doesn’t necessarily mean anything, that’s certainly not a positive sign, in our book. When an insider sells below the current price, it does tend to make us wonder about the current valuation. We note that the biggest single sale was only 14.3% of Carole J. Shapazian’s holding. The only individual insider seller over the last year was Carole J. Shapazian.
You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!
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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. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Baxter International insiders own about US$67m worth of shares. That equates to 0.2% of the company. 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 Baxter International Insiders?
It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded Baxter International shares in the last quarter. Our analysis of Baxter International insider transactions leaves us cautious. But we do like the fact that insiders own a fair chunk of the company. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Baxter International, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.
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