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Insiders at Danaher Corporation (NYSE:DHR) sold US$389m worth of stock, possibly indicating weakness in the future

Over the past year, many Danaher Corporation (NYSE:DHR) insiders sold a significant stake in the company which may have piqued investors' interest. When evaluating insider transactions, knowing whether insiders are buying versus if they selling is usually more beneficial, as the latter can be open to many interpretations. However, when multiple insiders sell stock over a specific duration, shareholders should take notice as that could possibly be a red flag.

While insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether.

View our latest analysis for Danaher

The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Danaher

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Co-Founder & Director, Mitchell Rales, sold US$378m worth of shares at a price of US$315 per share. While we don't usually like to see insider selling, it's more concerning if the sales take place at a lower price. It's of some comfort that this sale was conducted at a price well above the current share price, which is US$258. So it may not shed much light on insider confidence at current levels. Notably Mitchell Rales was also the biggest buyer, having purchased US$50k worth of shares.

In total, Danaher insiders sold more than they bought over the last year. The chart below shows insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

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Insiders At Danaher Have Sold Stock Recently

The last quarter saw substantial insider selling of Danaher shares. In total, Executive Vice President Joakim Weidemanis sold US$3.3m worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any purchases whatsoever. In light of this it's hard to argue that all the insiders think that the shares are a bargain.

Insider Ownership Of Danaher

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. It's great to see that Danaher insiders own 10% of the company, worth about US$19b. Most shareholders would be happy to see this sort of insider ownership, since it suggests that management incentives are well aligned with other shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Danaher Tell Us?

An insider sold stock recently, but they haven't been buying. Despite some insider buying, the longer term picture doesn't make us feel much more positive. But since Danaher is profitable and growing, we're not too worried by this. It is good to see high insider ownership, but the insider selling leaves us cautious. So these insider transactions can help us build a thesis about the stock, but it's also worthwhile knowing the risks facing this company. While conducting our analysis, we found that Danaher has 1 warning sign and it would be unwise to ignore it.

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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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