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Have Insiders Been Selling Anixter International Inc. (NYSE:AXE) Shares This Year?

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We've lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. 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 Anixter International Inc. (NYSE:AXE).

What Is Insider Buying?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. 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 logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. For example, a Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.

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Anixter International Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

The Director, F. Handy, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$467k worth of shares at a price of US$62.71 each. That means that even when the share price was below the current price of US$68.59, an insider wanted to cash in some shares. When an insider sells below the current price, it suggests that they considered that lower price to be fair. That makes us wonder what they think of the (higher) recent valuation. Please do note, however, that sellers may have a variety of reasons for selling, so we don't know for sure what they think of the stock price. It is worth noting that this sale was only 32% of F. Handy's holding. The only individual insider seller over the last year was F. Handy.

F. Handy ditched 12500 shares over the year. The average price per share was US$62.53. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NYSE:AXE Recent Insider Trading, October 13th 2019

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Anixter International Insiders Are Selling The Stock

The last quarter saw substantial insider selling of Anixter International shares. Specifically, Director F. Handy ditched US$130k worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any purchases whatsoever. This may suggest that some insiders think that the shares are not cheap.

Insider Ownership of Anixter International

I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Anixter International insiders own about US$252m worth of shares (which is 11% of the company). 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 Anixter International Tell Us?

An insider sold Anixter International shares recently, but they didn't buy any. And even if we look to the last year, we didn't see any purchases. But it is good to see that Anixter International is growing earnings. The company boasts high insider ownership, but we're a little hesitant, given the history of share sales. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Anixter International.

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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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