Who Has Been Selling CDW Corporation (NASDAQ:CDW) Shares?

We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. 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 we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in CDW Corporation (NASDAQ:CDW).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

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.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. 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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CDW Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the Independent Director, Steven Alesio, for US$1.8m worth of shares, at about US$91.00 per share. That means that even when the share price was below the current price of US$104, an insider wanted to cash in some shares. 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. However, while insider selling is sometimes discouraging, it’s only a weak signal. This single sale was 100% of Steven Alesio’s stake.

In the last twelve months insiders netted US$2.0m for 22081 shares sold. In the last year CDW insiders didn’t buy any company stock. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NasdaqGS:CDW Recent Insider Trading, May 17th 2019
NasdaqGS:CDW Recent Insider Trading, May 17th 2019

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Insiders at CDW Have Sold Stock Recently

The last quarter saw substantial insider selling of CDW shares. In total, insiders dumped US$196k worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any purchases whatsoever. Overall this makes us a bit cautious, but it’s not the be all and end all.

Insider Ownership of CDW

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 great to see that CDW insiders own 1.1% of the company, worth about US$170m. I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.

So What Do The CDW Insider Transactions Indicate?

Insiders sold stock recently, but they haven’t been buying. And there weren’t any purchases to give us comfort, over the last year. But it is good to see that CDW is growing earnings. While insiders do own a lot of shares in the company (which is good), our analysis of their transactions doesn’t make us feel confident about the company. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for CDW.

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