Have Insiders Been Selling PerkinElmer, Inc. (NYSE:PKI) Shares?

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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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in PerkinElmer, Inc. (NYSE:PKI).

What Is Insider Buying?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. 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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PerkinElmer Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

The Independent Director, Patrick Sullivan, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$816k worth of shares at a price of US$81.64 each. That means that an insider was selling shares at slightly below the current price (US$86.34). As a general rule we consider it to be discouraging when insiders are selling below the current price, because it suggests they were happy with a lower valuation. While insider selling is not a positive sign, we can’t be sure if it does mean insiders think the shares are fully valued, so it’s only a weak sign. It is worth noting that this sale was only 26.5% of Patrick Sullivan’s holding.

In the last twelve months insiders netted US$2.8m for 32511 shares sold. Insiders in PerkinElmer didn’t buy any shares in the last year. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NYSE:PKI Recent Insider Trading, June 3rd 2019
NYSE:PKI Recent Insider Trading, June 3rd 2019

I will like PerkinElmer 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 of PerkinElmer

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Insiders own 0.9% of PerkinElmer shares, worth about US$83m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

So What Do The PerkinElmer Insider Transactions Indicate?

It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded PerkinElmer shares in the last quarter. Still, the insider transactions at PerkinElmer in the last 12 months are not very heartening. But it’s good to see that insiders own shares in the company. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for PerkinElmer.

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