This Insider Has Just Sold Shares In Gartner, Inc. (NYSE:IT)

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Simply Wall St
Published
May 08, 2022
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We wouldn't blame Gartner, Inc. (NYSE:IT) shareholders if they were a little worried about the fact that Jules Kaufman, the Executive VP recently netted about US$1.2m selling shares at an average price of US$271. That sale reduced their total holding by 25% which is hardly insignificant, but far from the worst we've seen.

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Gartner Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the CEO & Director, Eugene Hall, for US$12m worth of shares, at about US$235 per share. So it's clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even below the current price of US$253. 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. Please do note, however, that sellers may have a variety of reasons for selling, so we don't know for sure what they think of the stock price. We note that the biggest single sale was only 4.2% of Eugene Hall's holding.

In the last year Gartner insiders didn't buy any company stock. You can see the insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

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NYSE:IT Insider Trading Volume May 8th 2022

If you like to buy stocks that insiders are buying, rather than selling, then you might just love this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).

Insider Ownership

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Gartner insiders own about US$678m worth of shares (which is 3.3% of the company). This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Gartner Tell Us?

Insiders sold stock recently, but they haven't been buying. Looking to the last twelve months, our data doesn't show any insider buying. But since Gartner is profitable and growing, we're not too worried by this. It is good to see high insider ownership, but the insider selling leaves us cautious. While we like knowing what's going on with the insider's ownership and transactions, we make sure to also consider what risks are facing a stock before making any investment decision. Case in point: We've spotted 3 warning signs for Gartner you should be aware of, and 1 of them is a bit concerning.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies.

For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.

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