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ZTO Express (Cayman) Sees Insider Stock Selling

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Viewing insider transactions for ZTO Express (Cayman) Inc.'s (NYSE:ZTO ) over the last year, we see that insiders were net sellers. This means that a larger number of shares were sold by insiders in relation to shares purchased.

While insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing, logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares.

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ZTO Express (Cayman) Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the VP of Infrastructure Management & Executive Director, Jilei Wang, sold US$721k worth of shares at a price of US$28.00 per share. While insider selling is a negative, to us, it is more negative if the shares are sold at a lower price. It's of some comfort that this sale was conducted at a price well above the current share price, which is US$17.19. So it may not tell us anything about how insiders feel about the current share price. The only individual insider seller over the last year was Jilei Wang.

The chart below shows insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

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NYSE:ZTO Insider Trading Volume February 10th 2024

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Does ZTO Express (Cayman) 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. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. ZTO Express (Cayman) insiders own 40% of the company, currently worth about US$5.5b based on the recent share price. Most shareholders would be happy to see this sort of insider ownership, since it suggests that management incentives are well aligned with other shareholders.

So What Do The ZTO Express (Cayman) Insider Transactions Indicate?

There haven't been any insider transactions in the last three months -- that doesn't mean much. It's heartening that insiders own plenty of stock, but we'd like to see more insider buying, since the last year of ZTO Express (Cayman) insider transactions don't fill us with confidence. 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. To assist with this, we've discovered 1 warning sign that you should run your eye over to get a better picture of ZTO Express (Cayman).

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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 of direct interests only, but not derivative transactions or indirect interests.

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