Read This Before Buying Wave Life Sciences Ltd (NASDAQ:WVE) Shares

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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Wave Life Sciences Ltd (NASDAQ:WVE).

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, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. For example, a Colombia 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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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Wave Life Sciences

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when Director Gregory Verdine sold US$583k worth of shares at a price of US$39.52 per share. That means that even when the share price was below the current price of US$46.83, an insider wanted to cash in some shares. While sellers have a variety of reasons for selling, this isn’t particularly great to see. When an insider sells below the current price, it does tend to make us wonder about the current valuation. It is worth noting that this sale was only 20% of Gregory Verdine’s holding. Gregory Verdine was the only individual insider to sell over the last year.

You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions over the last 12 months, below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NasdaqGM:WVE Insider Trading December 5th 18
NasdaqGM:WVE Insider Trading December 5th 18

I will like Wave Life Sciences better if I see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.

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. It’s good to see that Wave Life Sciences insiders own 1.0% of the company, 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 Does This Data Suggest About Wave Life Sciences Insiders?

An insider sold stock recently, but they haven’t been buying. Looking to the last twelve months, our data doesn’t show any insider buying. When you combine this with the relatively low insider ownership, we are very cautious about the stock. As the saying goes, only fools rush in. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Wave Life Sciences, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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