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Are Insiders Buying Campbell Soup Company (NYSE:CPB) Stock?

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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 Campbell Soup Company (NYSE:CPB), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Buying?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock on the market. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. 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'.

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Campbell Soup Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Michael Silverstein bought US$278k worth of shares at a price of US$37.01 per share. That implies that an insider found the current price of US$42.26 per share to be enticing. That means they have been optimistic about the company in the past, though they may have changed their mind. We do always like to see insider buying, but it is worth noting if those purchases were made at well below today's share price, as the discount to value may have narrowed with the rising price. The good news for Campbell Soup share holders is that insiders were buying at near the current price.

In the last twelve months insiders paid US$478k for 12994 shares purchased. Campbell Soup may have bought shares in the last year, but they didn't sell any. 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!

NYSE:CPB Recent Insider Trading, June 17th 2019

There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.

Insider Ownership of Campbell Soup

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Campbell Soup insiders own 38% of the company, currently worth about US$4.8b based on the recent share price. Most shareholders would be happy to see this sort of insider ownership, since it suggests that management incentives are well aligned with other shareholders.

So What Do The Campbell Soup Insider Transactions Indicate?

The fact that there have been no Campbell Soup insider transactions recently certainly doesn't bother us. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. With high insider ownership and encouraging transactions, it seems like Campbell Soup insiders think the business has merit. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Campbell Soup.

But note: Campbell Soup may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.

For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.

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