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Did John Bean Technologies Corporation (NYSE:JBT) Insiders Buy Up More Shares?

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. On the other hand, we'd be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in John Bean Technologies Corporation (NYSE:JBT).

What Is Insider Selling?

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.

We don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Columbia 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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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At John Bean Technologies

Executive VP & CFO Brian Deck made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$88k worth of shares at a price of US$87.92 each. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, at around the current price. That means they have been optimistic about the company in the past, though they may have changed their mind. Nonetheless, we consider it positive if insiders want to buy at around the current share price.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid US$114k for 1.30k shares. But insiders sold 1.00k shares worth US$81k. Overall, John Bean Technologies insiders were net buyers last year. The average buy price was around US$87.58. Although they bought at below the recent price of US$91.89 per share, it is good to see that insiders are willing to invest in the company. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by 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!

NYSE:JBT Recent Insider Trading, March 31st 2019

I will like John Bean Technologies better if I see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.

Insider Ownership of John Bean Technologies

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Insiders own 2.7% of John Bean Technologies shares, worth about US$77m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

What Might The Insider Transactions At John Bean Technologies Tell Us?

The fact that there have been no John Bean Technologies insider transactions recently certainly doesn't bother us. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. Overall we don't see anything to make us think John Bean Technologies insiders are doubting the company, and they do own shares. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in John Bean Technologies, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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