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Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (NYSE:BKD) Insiders Increased Their Holdings

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (NYSE:BKD).

What Is Insider Selling?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock in the company. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. 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.

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Brookdale Senior Living Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Independent Director Frank Bumstead bought US$139k worth of shares at a price of US$6.95 per share. That implies that an insider found the current price of US$8.12 per share to be enticing. While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company's future. While we always like to see insider buying, it's less meaningful if the purchases were made at much lower prices, as the opportunity they saw may have passed. Happily, the Brookdale Senior Living insiders decided to buy shares at close to current prices.

While Brookdale Senior Living insiders bought shares last year, they didn't sell. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NYSE:BKD Recent Insider Trading, October 12th 2019

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Insider Ownership of Brookdale Senior Living

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Insiders own 2.4% of Brookdale Senior Living shares, worth about US$36m. 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 Brookdale Senior Living Insider Transactions Indicate?

It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded Brookdale Senior Living shares in the last quarter. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. Insiders own shares in Brookdale Senior Living and we see no evidence to suggest they are worried about the future. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Brookdale Senior Living, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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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, but not derivative transactions.

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