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Did Cabot Corporation (NYSE:CBT) Insiders Sell Shares?

Julian Fleming

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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Cabot Corporation (NYSE:CBT).

What Is Insider Buying?

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 would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. For example, a Colombia 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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Cabot Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when Advisor & Director Patrick Prevost sold US$3.9m worth of shares at a price of US$65.65 per share. Although we don’t gain confidence from insider selling, we note that this large sale was at well above current price of US$41.93. So it may not shed much light on insider confidence at current levels.

In total, Cabot insiders sold more than they bought over the last year. They sold for an average price of about US$64.33. Insider selling doesn’t make us excited to buy. However, we do note that the average sale price was significantly higher than the current share price (which is US$41.93). You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions over the last 12 months, below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NYSE:CBT Insider Trading December 20th 18

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Does Cabot Boast High Insider Ownership?

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Cabot insiders own 1.5% of the company, currently worth about US$38m based on the recent share price. I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Cabot Tell Us?

There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. The insider transactions at Cabot are not very heartening. But it’s good to see that insiders own shares in the company. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Cabot, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.