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Bullish insiders bet US$8.2m on Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:VRTX)

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In the last year, multiple insiders have substantially increased their holdings of Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:VRTX) stock, indicating that insiders' optimism about the company's prospects has increased.

While insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether.

See our latest analysis for Vertex Pharmaceuticals

The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Lead Independent Director Bruce Sachs for US$3.3m worth of shares, at about US$219 per share. That means that even when the share price was higher than US$180 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. 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. We always take careful note of the price insiders pay when purchasing shares. It is generally more encouraging if they paid above the current price, as it suggests they saw value, even at higher levels.

In the last twelve months Vertex Pharmaceuticals insiders were buying shares, but not selling. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by companies and 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!

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There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.

Insiders at Vertex Pharmaceuticals Have Bought Stock Recently

Over the last three months, we've seen significant insider buying at Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Overall, two insiders shelled out US$4.9m for shares in the company -- and none sold. This is a positive in our book as it implies some confidence.

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. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Vertex Pharmaceuticals insiders own about US$84m worth of shares. That equates to 0.2% of the company. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Vertex Pharmaceuticals Tell Us?

It's certainly positive to see the recent insider purchases. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. Insiders likely see value in Vertex Pharmaceuticals shares, given these transactions (along with notable insider ownership of the company). If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

Of course Vertex Pharmaceuticals may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of high quality 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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