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Have Insiders Been Buying Sun Life Financial Inc. (TSE:SLF) Shares?

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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 we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Sun Life Financial Inc. (TSE:SLF).

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, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. 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 Sun Life Financial

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by President of Sun Life Financial - United States Daniel Fishbein for CA$134k worth of shares, at about CA$45.39 per share. Although we like to see insider buying, we note that this large purchase was at significantly below the recent price of CA$57.63. Because the shares were purchased at a lower price, this particular buy doesn't tell us much about how insiders feel about the current share price.

While Sun Life Financial insiders bought shares last year, they didn't sell. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

TSX:SLF Recent Insider Trading, October 11th 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.

Sun Life Financial Insiders Bought Stock Recently

Over the last three months, we've seen a bit of insider buying at Sun Life Financial. Insiders shelled out CA$34k for shares in that time. We like it when there are only buyers, and no sellers. But in this case the amount purchased means the recent transaction may not be very meaningful on its own.

Insider Ownership of Sun Life Financial

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. Insiders own 0.04% of Sun Life Financial shares, worth about CA$12m, according to our data. We do generally prefer see higher levels of insider ownership.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Sun Life Financial Insiders?

Our data shows a little insider buying, but no selling, in the last three months. That said, the purchases were not large. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. Insiders do have a stake in Sun Life Financial and their transactions don't cause us concern. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Sun Life Financial, 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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