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Insider Buying: The Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) President Just Bought US$992k Worth Of Shares

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Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) shareholders (or potential shareholders) will be happy to see that the President, Dennis Glass, recently bought a whopping US$992k worth of stock, at a price of US$35.43. While that only increased their holding size by 4.1%, it is still a big swing by our standards.

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Lincoln National Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Notably, that recent purchase by Dennis Glass is the biggest insider purchase of Lincoln National shares that we've seen in the last year. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of US$28.86. Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. We always take careful note of the price insiders pay when purchasing shares. It is generally more encouraging if they paid above the current price, as it suggests they saw value, even at higher levels.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid US$1.2m for 35.90k shares. But they sold 17988 shares for US$1.1m. In total, Lincoln National insiders bought more than they sold over the last year. Their average price was about US$33.58. This is nice to see since it implies that insiders might see value around current prices. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NYSE:LNC Recent Insider Trading, March 15th 2020

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Insider Ownership of Lincoln National

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 0.7% of Lincoln National shares, worth about US$40m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it's enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

So What Do The Lincoln National Insider Transactions Indicate?

It's certainly positive to see the recent insider purchases. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. Insiders likely see value in Lincoln National shares, given these transactions (along with notable insider ownership of the company). So these insider transactions can help us build a thesis about the stock, but it's also worthwhile knowing the risks facing this company. At Simply Wall St, we've found that Lincoln National has 3 warning signs (1 is potentially serious!) that deserve your attention before going any further with your analysis.

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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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