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Did Monolithic Power Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MPWR) Insiders Sell Shares?

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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. 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 before you buy or sell Monolithic Power Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MPWR), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Selling?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

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. 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 Monolithic Power Systems

The Founder, Michael Hsing, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$10m worth of shares at a price of US$138 each. That means that even when the share price was below the current price of US$143, an insider wanted to cash in some shares. We generally consider it a negative if insiders have been selling on market, especially if they did so below the current price, because it implies that they considered a lower price to be reasonable. Please do note, however, that sellers may have a variety of reasons for selling, so we don't know for sure what they think of the stock price. It is worth noting that this sale was only 5.6% of Michael Hsing's holding.

Over the last year, we note insiders sold 500k shares worth US$67m. Monolithic Power Systems insiders didn't buy any shares over the last year. 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!

NasdaqGS:MPWR Recent Insider Trading, July 18th 2019

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Insiders at Monolithic Power Systems Have Sold Stock Recently

The last quarter saw substantial insider selling of Monolithic Power Systems shares. In total, insiders dumped US$11m worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any purchases whatsoever. In light of this it's hard to argue that all the insiders think that the shares are a bargain.

Insider Ownership of Monolithic Power Systems

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. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. It's great to see that Monolithic Power Systems insiders own 6.9% of the company, worth about US$427m. This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Monolithic Power Systems Insiders?

Insiders sold Monolithic Power Systems shares recently, but they didn't buy any. And there weren't any purchases to give us comfort, over the last year. On the plus side, Monolithic Power Systems makes money, and is growing profits. While insiders do own a lot of shares in the company (which is good), our analysis of their transactions doesn't make us feel confident about the company. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Monolithic Power Systems.

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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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