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The Independent Director of W. P. Carey Inc. (NYSE:WPC), Mark Alexander, Just Bought 27% More Shares

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Potential W. P. Carey Inc. (NYSE:WPC) shareholders may wish to note that the Independent Director, Mark Alexander, recently bought US$235k worth of stock, paying US$58.78 for each share. That's a very solid buy in our book, and increased their holding by a noteworthy 27%.

See our latest analysis for W. P. Carey

The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At W. P. Carey

CEO & Director Jason Fox made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$460k worth of shares at a price of US$46.03 each. Although we like to see insider buying, we note that this large purchase was at significantly below the recent price of US$60.89. While it does suggest insiders consider the stock undervalued at lower prices, this transaction doesn't tell us much about what they think of current prices.

In the last twelve months insiders purchased 44.61k shares for US$2.3m. On the other hand they divested 118 shares, for US$10k. Overall, W. P. Carey insiders were net buyers during the last year. The average buy price was around US$50.98. Although they bought at below the recent share price, it is good to see that insiders are willing to invest in the company. 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!

NYSE:WPC Recent Insider Trading May 25th 2020

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Insider Ownership of W. P. Carey

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. W. P. Carey insiders own about US$116m worth of shares (which is 1.1% of the company). I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At W. P. Carey Tell Us?

The recent insider purchases are heartening. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest W. P. Carey insiders are well aligned, and quite possibly think the share price is too low. One for the watchlist, at least! In addition to knowing about insider transactions going on, it's beneficial to identify the risks facing W. P. Carey. For example, W. P. Carey has 3 warning signs (and 1 which doesn't sit too well with us) we think you should know about.

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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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