Should You Take Comfort From Insider Transactions At Sierra Oncology, Inc. (NASDAQ:SRRA)?

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 Sierra Oncology, Inc. (NASDAQ:SRRA), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Buying?

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‚Äôs stock when the firm is about to reveal new agreements with customers and suppliers’.

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Sierra Oncology Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Andrew Allen bought US$108k worth of shares at a price of US$1.64 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of US$0.66. While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company’s future. To us, it’s very important to consider the price insiders pay for shares is very important. Generally speaking, it catches our eye when an insider has purchased shares at above current prices, as it suggests they believed the shares were worth buying, even at a higher price. Andrew Allen was the only individual insider to buy shares in the last twelve months.

The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NasdaqGM:SRRA Recent Insider Trading, June 12th 2019
NasdaqGM:SRRA Recent Insider Trading, June 12th 2019

Sierra Oncology is not the only stock insiders are buying. So take a peek at this free list of growing companies with insider buying.

Does Sierra Oncology Boast High Insider Ownership?

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. Based on our data, Sierra Oncology insiders have about 1.0% of the stock, worth approximately US$513k. We prefer to see high levels of insider ownership.

So What Do The Sierra Oncology Insider Transactions Indicate?

It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded Sierra Oncology shares in the last quarter. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. While we have no worries about the insider transactions, we’d be more comfortable if they owned more Sierra Oncology stock. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Sierra Oncology, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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