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Did The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. (NYSE:THG) Insiders Sell Shares?

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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 we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. (NYSE:THG).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

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 don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. 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 Hanover Insurance Group

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the , Mark Welzenbach, sold US$837k worth of shares at a price of US$113 per share. That means that an insider was selling shares at slightly below the current price (US$130). When an insider sells below the current price, it suggests that they considered that lower price to be fair. That makes us wonder what they think of the (higher) recent valuation. However, while insider selling is sometimes discouraging, it's only a weak signal. It is worth noting that this sale was only 29.1% of Mark Welzenbach's holding. Mark Welzenbach was the only individual insider to sell over the last year.

Mark Welzenbach divested 9618 shares over the last 12 months at an average price of US$114. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NYSE:THG Recent Insider Trading, July 16th 2019

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Does Hanover Insurance Group Boast High Insider Ownership?

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Insiders own 0.8% of Hanover Insurance Group shares, worth about US$41m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Hanover Insurance Group Insiders?

It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded Hanover Insurance Group shares in the last quarter. Still, the insider transactions at Hanover Insurance Group in the last 12 months are not very heartening. But we do like the fact that insiders own a fair chunk of the company. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Hanover Insurance Group.

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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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