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Should You Take Comfort From Insider Transactions At Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW)?

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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. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW).

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, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. 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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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Illinois Tool Works

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Independent Director Richard Lenny for US$250k worth of shares, at about US$141 per share. That implies that an insider found the current price of US$147 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. In this case we're pleased to report that the insider bought shares at close to current prices. The only individual insider to buy over the last year was Richard Lenny.

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!

NYSE:ITW Recent Insider Trading, July 12th 2019

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.

Insider Ownership of Illinois Tool Works

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. Illinois Tool Works insiders own 1.0% of the company, currently worth about US$471m based on the recent share price. This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Illinois Tool Works Tell Us?

It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded Illinois Tool Works shares in the last quarter. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. With high insider ownership and encouraging transactions, it seems like Illinois Tool Works insiders think the business has merit. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Illinois Tool Works.

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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.

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