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Having purchased US$996k worth of Douglas Emmett, Inc. (NYSE:DEI) stock, the recent 5.6% pullback is not what insiders may have expected

The recent price decline of 5.6% in Douglas Emmett, Inc.'s (NYSE:DEI) stock may have disappointed insiders who bought US$996k worth of shares at an average price of US$19.92 in the past 12 months. Insiders buy with the expectation to see their investments rise in value over a period of time. However, recent losses have rendered their above investment worth US$974k which is not ideal.

While insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing, we do think it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing.

See our latest analysis for Douglas Emmett

The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Douglas Emmett

Notably, that recent purchase by Leslie Bider is the biggest insider purchase of Douglas Emmett shares that we've seen in the last year. That means that even when the share price was higher than US$19.47 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. In our view, the price an insider pays for shares is very important. Generally speaking, it catches our eye when insiders have purchased shares at above current prices, as it suggests they believed the shares were worth buying, even at a higher price.

While Douglas Emmett insiders bought shares during the last year, they didn't sell. The chart below shows insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

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Insiders At Douglas Emmett Have Bought Stock Recently

Over the last quarter, Douglas Emmett insiders have spent a meaningful amount on shares. Not only was there no selling that we can see, but they collectively bought US$996k worth of shares. That shows some optimism about the company's future.

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. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Insiders own 2.3% of Douglas Emmett shares, worth about US$94m. 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 Do The Douglas Emmett Insider Transactions Indicate?

It's certainly positive to see the recent insider purchases. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest Douglas Emmett insiders are well aligned, and that they may think the share price is too low. So while it's helpful to know what insiders are doing in terms of buying or selling, it's also helpful to know the risks that a particular company is facing. While conducting our analysis, we found that Douglas Emmett has 1 warning sign and it would be unwise to ignore it.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies.

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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