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Are Insiders Buying Rogers Communications Inc. (TSE:RCI.B) 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 we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Rogers Communications Inc. (TSE:RCI.B).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock in the company. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

We don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. 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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Rogers Communications Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Chairman of the Board Edward Rogers for CA$20m worth of shares, at about CA$67.60 per share. That implies that an insider found the current price of CA$70.43 per share to be enticing. Of course they may have changed their mind. But this suggests they are optimistic. While we always like to see insider buying, it's less meaningful if the purchases were made at much lower prices, as the opportunity they saw may have passed. Happily, the Rogers Communications insider decided to buy shares at close to current prices. The only individual insider to buy over the last year was Edward Rogers.

You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

TSX:RCI.B Recent Insider Trading, July 25th 2019

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Insiders at Rogers Communications Have Bought Stock Recently

There has been significantly more insider buying, than selling, at Rogers Communications, over the last three months. Edward Rogers spent CA$20m on stock. On the other hand, insider Philip Hartling netted CA$24k by selling. Insiders have spent more buying shares than they have selling, so on balance we think they are are probably optimistic.

Insider Ownership of Rogers Communications

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Rogers Communications insiders own 1.1% of the company, currently worth about CA$410m based on the recent share price. This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Rogers Communications Tell Us?

It's certainly positive to see the 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 Rogers Communications insiders are well aligned, and quite possibly think the share price is too low. That's what I like to see! Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Rogers Communications.

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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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