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Have Insiders Been Buying CymaBay Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBAY) Shares?

Andrew Carroll

We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in CymaBay Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBAY).

What Is Insider Selling?

It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’

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CymaBay Therapeutics Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

President Sujal Shah made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$55k worth of shares at a price of US$10.90 each. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price. Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. That purchase may suggest an expectation of positive returns over the long term. Sujal Shah was the only individual insider to buy shares in the last twelve months.

Sujal Shah bought a total of 15.00k shares over the year at an average price of US$10.48. You can see the insider transactions 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!

NasdaqGS:CBAY Insider Trading December 21st 18

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Does CymaBay Therapeutics Boast High 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. It’s great to see that CymaBay Therapeutics insiders own 0.7% of the company, worth about US$3.0m. 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 CymaBay Therapeutics Insider Transactions Indicate?

Insider purchases have outweighed sales, in the last three months. But the net investment is not enough to encourage us much. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. The transactions are fine but it’d be more encouraging if CymaBay Therapeutics insiders bought more shares in the company. 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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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.