Should You Be Worried About Insider Transactions At Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:ACOR)?

We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. The flip side of that is that there are more than a few examples of insiders dumping stock prior to a period of weak performance. So before you buy or sell Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:ACOR), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

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, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. 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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Acorda Therapeutics Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the Chief Business Officer, Andrew Hindman, for US$1.0m worth of shares, at about US$24.26 per share. While we don’t usually like to see insider selling, it’s more concerning if the sales take price at a lower price. The good news is that this large sale was at well above current price of US$10.97. So it is hard to draw any strong conclusion from it.

In the last twelve months insiders netted US$1.1m for 46041 shares sold. Insiders in Acorda Therapeutics didn’t buy any shares in the last year. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NasdaqGS:ACOR Recent Insider Trading, May 23rd 2019
NasdaqGS:ACOR Recent Insider Trading, May 23rd 2019

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Insider Ownership

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Our data indicates that Acorda Therapeutics insiders own about US$8.0m worth of shares (which is 1.5% of the company). We do generally prefer see higher levels of insider ownership.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Acorda Therapeutics Tell Us?

There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. The insider transactions at Acorda Therapeutics are not inspiring us to buy. And we’re not picking up on high enough insider ownership to give us any comfort. 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.

But note: Acorda Therapeutics may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.

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