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 SunCoke Energy, Inc. (NYSE:SXC).
Do Insider Transactions Matter?
It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.
We don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. For example, a Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.'
SunCoke Energy Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
Notably, that recent purchase by John Rowe is the biggest insider purchase of SunCoke Energy shares that we've seen in the last year. That implies that an insider found the current price of US$6.28 per share to be enticing. While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company's future. 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. The good news for SunCoke Energy share holders is that an insider was buying at near the current price. John Rowe was the only individual insider to buy over the year.
The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!
SunCoke Energy is not the only stock insiders are buying. So take a peek at this free list of growing companies with insider buying.
Insider Ownership of SunCoke Energy
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. From looking at our data, insiders own US$2.7m worth of SunCoke Energy stock, about 0.5% of the company. We prefer to see high levels of insider ownership.
So What Does This Data Suggest About SunCoke Energy Insiders?
The recent insider purchase is heartening. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. While the overall levels of insider ownership are below what we'd like to see, the history of transactions imply that SunCoke Energy insiders are reasonably well aligned, and optimistic for the future. If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.
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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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