We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So before you buy or sell Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARNA), 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 in the company. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.
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 Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year'.
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Arena Pharmaceuticals
The Executive VP & Chief Commercial Officer, Robert Lisicki, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$256k worth of shares at a price of US$66.72 each. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of US$61.32. While insider selling is a negative, to us, it is more negative if the shares are sold at a lower price. We note that this sale took place at around the current price, so it isn't a major concern, though it's hardly a good sign. Robert Lisicki was the only individual insider to sell shares in the last twelve months.
The chart below shows insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!
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Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Insiders own 0.2% of Arena Pharmaceuticals shares, worth about US$8.9m, according to our data. We do generally prefer see higher levels of insider ownership.
So What Does This Data Suggest About Arena Pharmaceuticals Insiders?
The fact that there have been no Arena Pharmaceuticals insider transactions recently certainly doesn't bother us. The insider transactions at Arena Pharmaceuticals are not inspiring us to buy. We also note that, as far as we can see, insider ownership is fairly low, compared to other companies. So while it's helpful to know what insiders are doing in terms of buying or selling, it's also helpful to know the risks that a particular company is facing. To that end, you should learn about the 3 warning signs we've spotted with Arena Pharmaceuticals (including 1 which can't be ignored).
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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.
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