Have Insiders Been Selling Becton, Dickinson and Company (NYSE:BDX) Shares This Year?

We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. 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 before you buy or sell Becton, Dickinson and Company (NYSE:BDX), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. For example, a Columbia 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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Becton Dickinson Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by Timothy Ring for US$10.0m worth of shares, at about US$237 per share. So we know that an insider sold shares at around the present share price of US$219. While their view may have changed since the sale, this is not a particularly positive fact. Arguably, insider selling at around current prices should give us reason to reflect on whether the stock is fully valued at the moment.

In total, Becton Dickinson insiders sold more than they bought over the last year. The average sell price was around US$237. It’s not particularly great to see insiders were selling shares around current prices. Since insiders sell for many reasons, we wouldn’t put too much weight on it. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NYSE:BDX Insider Trading January 8th 19
NYSE:BDX Insider Trading January 8th 19

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Insiders at Becton Dickinson Have Sold Stock Recently

The last three months saw significant insider selling at Becton Dickinson. In total, insiders sold US$13m worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any purchases whatsoever. This may suggest that some insiders think that the shares are not cheap.

Insider Ownership of Becton Dickinson

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Becton Dickinson insiders own about US$177m worth of shares (which is 0.3% of the company). I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Becton Dickinson Insiders?

Insiders sold Becton Dickinson shares recently, but they didn’t buy any. And our longer term analysis of insider transactions didn’t bring confidence, either. 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. 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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