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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 CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CF).
What Is Insider Selling?
It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.
We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. As Peter Lynch said, ‘insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.’
CF Industries Holdings Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the Chairman & Lead Independent Director, Stephen Furbacher, for US$184k worth of shares, at about US$52.45 per share. We generally don’t like to see insider selling, but the lower the sale price, the more it concerns us. The good news is that this large sale was at well above current price of US$41.94. So it may not shed much light on insider confidence at current levels. The only individual insider seller over the last year was Stephen Furbacher.
Stephen Furbacher divested 9500 shares over the last 12 months at an average price of US$48.43. 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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Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by 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. CF Industries Holdings insiders own about US$46m worth of shares. That equates to 0.5% 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 Do The CF Industries Holdings Insider Transactions Indicate?
An insider sold stock recently, but they haven’t been buying. Looking to the last twelve months, our data doesn’t show any insider buying. Insiders own shares, but we’re still pretty cautious, given the history of sales. We’d think twice before buying! Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for CF Industries Holdings.
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