Need To Know: Aeglea BioTherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:AGLE) Insiders Have Been Selling Shares

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 Aeglea BioTherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:AGLE), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

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, 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. 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.’

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Aeglea BioTherapeutics

The Chief Business Officer, Aaron Schuchart, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$57k worth of shares at a price of US$9.55 each. While insider selling is a negative, to us, it is more negative if the shares are sold at a lower price. The silver lining is that this sell-down took place above the latest price (US$7.43). So it may not shed much light on insider confidence at current levels. Aaron Schuchart was the only individual insider to sell shares in the last twelve months.

The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NasdaqGM:AGLE Recent Insider Trading, April 25th 2019
NasdaqGM:AGLE Recent Insider Trading, April 25th 2019

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Does Aeglea BioTherapeutics Boast High Insider Ownership?

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company 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. Insiders own 3.8% of Aeglea BioTherapeutics shares, worth about US$8.1m, according to our data. Overall, this level of ownership isn’t that impressive, but it’s certainly better than nothing!

So What Does This Data Suggest About Aeglea BioTherapeutics Insiders?

The fact that there have been no Aeglea BioTherapeutics insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. The insider transactions at Aeglea BioTherapeutics 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.

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