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Have Insiders Been Selling Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (TSE:CM) Shares?

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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 we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (TSE:CM).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock in the company. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. 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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Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the President, Victor Dodig, sold CA$2.0m worth of shares at a price of CA$123 per share. So we know that an insider sold shares at around the present share price of CA$108. While we don't usually like to see insider selling, it's more concerning if the sales take place at a lower price. Given that the sale took place at around current prices, it makes us a little cautious but is hardly a major concern.

In total, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce insiders sold more than they bought over the last year. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

TSX:CM Recent Insider Trading, September 13th 2019

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Does Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce Boast High Insider Ownership?

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 appears that Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce insiders own 0.03% of the company, worth about CA$16m. 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 Does This Data Suggest About Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce Insiders?

The fact that there have been no Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce insider transactions recently certainly doesn't bother us. We don't take much encouragement from the transactions by Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce insiders. The modest level of insider ownership is, at least, some comfort. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.

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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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