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Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLCT) Insiders Have Been Selling

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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 Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLCT).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It's quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. 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 Collectors Universe

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the CEO, President & Director, Joseph Orlando, sold US$280k worth of shares at a price of US$14.39 per share. That means that even when the share price was below the current price of US$19.03, an insider wanted to cash in some shares. We generally consider it a negative if insiders have been selling on market, especially if they did so below the current price, because it implies that they considered a lower price to be reasonable. Please do note, however, that sellers may have a variety of reasons for selling, so we don't know for sure what they think of the stock price. It is worth noting that this sale was only 47.7% of Joseph Orlando's holding.

In the last twelve months insiders netted US$712k for 49585 shares sold. Insiders in Collectors Universe didn't buy any shares in the last year. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NasdaqGM:CLCT Recent Insider Trading, June 4th 2019

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Insider Ownership of Collectors Universe

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. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Insiders own 13% of Collectors Universe shares, worth about US$22m. 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 Collectors Universe Tell Us?

It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded Collectors Universe shares in the last quarter. Still, the insider transactions at Collectors Universe in the last 12 months are not very heartening. The modest level of insider ownership is, at least, some comfort. I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can access this interactive graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow for free .

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