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Have Insiders Been Selling C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHRW) Shares This Year?

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. 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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHRW).

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.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. 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 C.H. Robinson Worldwide

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when Chairman John Wiehoff sold US$2.9m worth of shares at a price of US$96.45 per share. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of US$88.74. They might be selling for a variety of reasons, but it’s hard to argue this is a bullish sign. Arguably, insider selling at around current prices should give us reason to reflect on whether the stock is fully valued at the moment.

We note that in the last year insiders divested 39.84k shares for a total of US$3.8m. All up, insiders sold more shares in C.H. Robinson Worldwide than they bought, over the last year. They sold for an average price of about US$95.25. It’s not ideal to see that insiders have sold at around the current price. While some insiders have decided to take some money off the table, we wouldn’t put too much weight on this fact. 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!

NasdaqGS:CHRW Recent Insider Trading, March 5th 2019

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Insiders at C.H. Robinson Worldwide Have Sold Stock Recently

The last three months saw significant insider selling at C.H. Robinson Worldwide. In total, insiders dumped US$704k 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.

Does C.H. Robinson Worldwide Boast High Insider Ownership?

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. C.H. Robinson Worldwide insiders own about US$47m worth of shares. That equates to 0.4% of the company. We’ve certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

So What Do The C.H. Robinson Worldwide Insider Transactions Indicate?

Insiders haven’t bought C.H. Robinson Worldwide stock in the last three months, but there was some selling. Looking to the last twelve months, our data doesn’t show any insider buying. On the plus side, C.H. Robinson Worldwide makes money, and is growing profits. Insiders own shares, but we’re still pretty cautious, given the history of sales. So we’d only buy after careful consideration. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for C.H. Robinson Worldwide.

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