It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So before you buy or sell CNB Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:CCNE), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.
Do Insider Transactions Matter?
Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock on the market. 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 equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’
CNB Financial Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Francis Straub bought US$104k worth of shares at a price of US$26.00 per share. That implies that an insider found the current (approximate) price enticing. That means they have been optimistic about the company in the past, though they may have changed their mind. In any event it’s generally a positive if insiders are buying shares at around the current price.
In the last twelve months insiders purchased 8.32k shares for US$203k. On the other hand they divested 2.00k shares, for US$60k. Overall, CNB Financial insiders were net buyers last year. The average buy price was around US$24.44. Although they bought at below the recent price of US$27.00 per share, it is good to see that insiders are willing to invest in the company. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!
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Insiders at CNB Financial Have Bought Stock Recently
Over the last three months, we’ve seen significant insider buying at CNB Financial. In total, insiders bought US$91k worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any sales whatsoever. That shows some optimism about the company’s future.
Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Insiders own 6.4% of CNB Financial shares, worth about US$26m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it’s enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.
So What Do The CNB Financial Insider Transactions Indicate?
The recent insider purchases are heartening. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. Insiders likely see value in CNB Financial 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.
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