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Corporate Office Properties Trust (NYSE:OFC) insider upped their holding by 35% earlier this year

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Insiders were net buyers of Corporate Office Properties Trust's (NYSE:OFC ) stock during the past year. That is, insiders bought more stock than they sold.

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 Corporate Office Properties Trust

The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Corporate Office Properties Trust

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Independent Trustee C. Pickett bought US$499k worth of shares at a price of US$24.97 per share. That implies that an insider found the current price of US$27.39 per share to be enticing. That means they have been optimistic about the company in the past, though they may have changed their mind. If someone buys shares at well below current prices, it's a good sign on balance, but keep in mind they may no longer see value. 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 C. Pickett.

You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by companies and 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!

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Corporate Office Properties Trust is not the only stock insiders are buying. So take a peek at this free list of growing companies with insider buying.

Corporate Office Properties Trust Insiders Are Selling The Stock

The last quarter saw substantial insider selling of Corporate Office Properties Trust shares. In total, insiders dumped US$217k worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any purchases whatsoever. This may suggest that some insiders think that the shares are not cheap.

Insider Ownership

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 0.4% of Corporate Office Properties Trust shares, worth about US$11m. 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 Corporate Office Properties Trust Insider Transactions Indicate?

Insiders sold Corporate Office Properties Trust shares recently, but they didn't buy any. On the other hand, the insider transactions over the last year are encouraging. And insiders do own shares. So we're not overly bothered by recent selling. In addition to knowing about insider transactions going on, it's beneficial to identify the risks facing Corporate Office Properties Trust. Every company has risks, and we've spotted 2 warning signs for Corporate Office Properties Trust (of which 1 doesn't sit too well with us!) you should know about.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of interesting 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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