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Have Insiders Been Selling Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE:COF) 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 before you buy or sell Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE:COF), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Selling?

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

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. 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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Capital One Financial Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

The , Timothy Golden, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$390k worth of shares at a price of US$95.85 each. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of US$90.22. While insider selling is a negative, to us, it is more negative if the shares are sold 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. Timothy Golden was the only individual insider to sell shares in the last twelve months.

The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NYSE:COF Recent Insider Trading, May 10th 2019

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Insider Ownership of Capital One Financial

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Capital One Financial insiders own about US$335m worth of shares (which is 0.8% of the company). I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Capital One Financial Insiders?

There haven't been any insider transactions in the last three months -- that doesn't mean much. While we feel good about high insider ownership of Capital One Financial, we can't say the same about the selling of shares. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Capital One Financial, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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