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Are Insiders Buying Marks and Spencer Group plc (LON:MKS) Stock?

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. The flip side of that is that there are more than a few examples of insiders dumping stock prior to a period of weak performance. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Marks and Spencer Group plc (LON:MKS).

What Is Insider Buying?

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.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. As Peter Lynch said, 'insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Marks and Spencer Group

Non-Executive Chairman Archie Norman made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for UK£99k worth of shares at a price of UK£1.81 each. That implies that an insider found the current price of UK£1.87 per share to be enticing. While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company's future. If someone buys shares at well below current prices, it's a good sign on balance, but keep in mind they may no longer see value. In this case we're pleased to report that the insider purchases were made at close to current prices.

Marks and Spencer Group insiders 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. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

LSE:MKS Recent Insider Trading, December 4th 2019

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Marks and Spencer Group Insiders Bought Stock Recently

Over the last three months, we've seen significant insider buying at Marks and Spencer Group. Non-Executive Chairman Archie Norman spent UK£99k on stock, and there wasn't any selling. This makes one think the business has some good points.

Insider Ownership of Marks and Spencer Group

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. Our data suggests Marks and Spencer Group insiders own 0.03% of the company, worth about UK£1.1m. However, it's possible that insiders might have an indirect interest through a more complex structure. We consider this fairly low insider ownership.

So What Do The Marks and Spencer Group Insider Transactions Indicate?

It is good to see the recent insider purchase. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. On this analysis the only slight negative we see is the fairly low (overall) insider ownership; their transactions suggest that they are quite positive on Marks and Spencer Group stock. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Marks and Spencer Group, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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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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