Have Insiders Been Selling Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE:WSM) Shares This Year?

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We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. On the other hand, we’d be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE:WSM).

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

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. 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’s stock when the firm is about to reveal new agreements with customers and suppliers’.

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Williams-Sonoma Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

The Executive VP, David King, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$1.7m worth of shares at a price of US$68.88 each. We generally don’t like to see insider selling, but the lower the sale price, the more it concerns us. The silver lining is that this sell-down took place above the latest price (US$52.08). So it may not tell us anything about how insiders feel about the current share price.

In the last twelve months insiders netted US$5.1m for 81942 shares sold. In the last year Williams-Sonoma insiders didn’t buy any company stock. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NYSE:WSM Recent Insider Trading, May 28th 2019
NYSE:WSM Recent Insider Trading, May 28th 2019

I will like Williams-Sonoma 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. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Insiders own 1.1% of Williams-Sonoma shares, worth about US$46m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it’s enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Williams-Sonoma Tell Us?

It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded Williams-Sonoma shares in the last quarter. We don’t take much encouragement from the transactions by Williams-Sonoma insiders. The modest level of insider ownership is, at least, some comfort. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Williams-Sonoma.

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