We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Insmed Incorporated (NASDAQ:INSM).
What Is Insider Selling?
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, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.
We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. 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 Insmed
Director Melvin Sharoky made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$320k worth of shares at a price of US$16.35 each. So it’s clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price. Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. We generally consider it a positive if insiders have been buying on market, even above the current price.
Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 54.79k shares worth US$872k. In total, Insmed insiders bought more than they sold over the last year. They paid about US$15.91 on average. These transactions suggest that insiders have considered the current price of US$15.57 attractive. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!
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Insmed Insiders Bought Stock Recently
Over the last quarter, Insmed insiders have spent a meaningful amount on shares. Not only was there no selling that we can see, but they collectively bought US$872k worth of shares. This could be interpreted as suggesting a positive outlook.
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. Insiders own 1.1% of Insmed shares, worth about US$14m. 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 Insmed Insider Transactions Indicate?
It is good to see recent purchasing. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. But on the other hand, the company made a loss last year, which makes us a little cautious. On this analysis the only slight negative we see is the fairly low (overall) insider ownership; their transactions suggest that they are quite positive on Insmed stock. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Insmed, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.
But note: Insmed 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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