We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. 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 Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPD).
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.
We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. 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.’
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Expeditors International of Washington
President Jeffrey Musser made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$2.3m worth of shares at a price of US$75.95 each. So we know that an insider sold shares at around the present share price of US$71.22. They might be selling for a variety of reasons, but it’s hard to argue this is a bullish sign. We usually pause to reflect on the potential that a stock has a high valuation, if insiders have been selling at around the current price.
Over the last year, we note insiders sold 66.49k shares worth US$4.8m. All up, insiders sold more shares in Expeditors International of Washington than they bought, over the last year. They sold for an average price of about US$71.84. It’s not ideal to see that insiders have sold at around the current price. While some insiders have decided to take some money off the table, we wouldn’t put too much weight on this fact. You can see the insider transactions over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!
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Insiders at Expeditors International of Washington Have Sold Stock Recently
The last three months saw significant insider selling at Expeditors International of Washington. In total, insiders dumped US$2.8m worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any purchases whatsoever. This may suggest that some insiders think that the shares are not cheap.
Does Expeditors International of Washington Boast High Insider Ownership?
I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. It’s good to see that Expeditors International of Washington insiders own 0.6% of the company, worth about US$74m. 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 Expeditors International of Washington 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. On the plus side, Expeditors International of Washington makes money, and is growing profits. When you consider that most companies have higher levels of insider ownership, we’re a little wary. So we’re not rushing to buy, to say the least. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Expeditors International of Washington.
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