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Who Has Been Buying AXA Equitable Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:EQH) Shares?

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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 before you buy or sell AXA Equitable Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:EQH), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Selling?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. 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. 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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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At AXA Equitable Holdings

Director Daniel Kaye made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$120k worth of shares at a price of US$20.00 each. That means that even when the share price was higher, an insider wanted to purchase shares. It’s very possible they regret the purchase, but it’s more likely they are bullish about the company. We generally consider it a positive if insiders have been buying on market, even above the current price.

In the last twelve months insiders paid US$440k for 22.00k shares purchased. In total, AXA Equitable Holdings insiders bought more than they sold over the last year. The average buy price was around US$20.00. This is nice to see since it implies that insiders might see value around current prices (around US$19.72). The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NYSE:EQH Recent Insider Trading, March 25th 2019

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Insider Ownership of AXA Equitable Holdings

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Our data isn’t picking up on much insider ownership at AXA Equitable Holdings, though insiders do hold about US$995k worth of shares. It’s always possible we are missing something but from our data, it looks like insider ownership is minimal.

So What Do The AXA Equitable Holdings Insider Transactions Indicate?

The fact that there have been no AXA Equitable Holdings insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. We’d like to see bigger individual holdings. However, we don’t see anything to make us think AXA Equitable Holdings insiders are doubting the company. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for AXA Equitable Holdings.

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