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Have Insiders Been Selling BWX Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:BWXT) Shares This Year?

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. 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 BWX Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:BWXT).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

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.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. 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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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At BWX Technologies

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the , Joseph Henry, for US$518k worth of shares, at about US$66.60 per share. While we don't usually like to see insider selling, it's more concerning if the sales take price at a lower price. The good news is that this large sale was at well above current price of US$47.88. So it may not shed much light on insider confidence at current levels.

Over the last year we saw more insider selling of BWX Technologies shares, than buying. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NYSE:BWXT Recent Insider Trading, May 30th 2019

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Insiders at BWX Technologies Have Sold Stock Recently

The last three months saw significant insider selling at BWX Technologies. In total, insiders dumped US$390k worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any purchases whatsoever. Overall this makes us a bit cautious, but it's not the be all and end all.

Insider Ownership

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. BWX Technologies insiders own about US$18m worth of shares. That equates to 0.4% of the company. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

What Might The Insider Transactions At BWX Technologies Tell Us?

Insiders sold BWX Technologies shares recently, but they didn't buy any. Zooming out, the longer term picture doesn't give us much comfort. But since BWX Technologies is profitable and growing, we're not too worried by this. While insiders do own shares, they don't own a heap, and they have been selling. We'd think twice before buying! If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

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