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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 AmerisourceBergen Corporation (NYSE:ABC), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.
Do Insider Transactions Matter?
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.
We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. 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'.
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At AmerisourceBergen
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by CFO & Executive VP James Cleary for US$155k worth of shares, at about US$77.52 per share. That means that even when the share price was higher, an insider wanted to purchase shares. It's very possible they regret the purchase, but it's more likely they are bullish about the company. We generally consider it a positive if insiders have been buying on market, even above the current price. James Cleary was the only individual insider to buy shares in the last twelve months.
You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!
AmerisourceBergen is not the only stock insiders are buying. So take a peek at this free list of growing companies with insider buying.
Does AmerisourceBergen Boast High Insider Ownership?
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. AmerisourceBergen insiders own about US$39m worth of shares. That equates to 0.2% of the company. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.
What Might The Insider Transactions At AmerisourceBergen Tell Us?
It is good to see recent insider purchase. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest AmerisourceBergen insiders are well aligned, and that they may think the share price is too low. 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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