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Have Insiders Been Selling DiamondRock Hospitality Company (NYSE:DRH) Shares?

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 before you buy or sell DiamondRock Hospitality Company (NYSE:DRH), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

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.

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 Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.'

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At DiamondRock Hospitality

Executive VP William Tennis made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$384k worth of shares at a price of US$12.79 each. That means that an insider was selling shares at around the current price of US$10.94. They might be selling for a variety of reasons, but it's hard to argue this is a bullish sign. We generally tread carefully if insiders have been selling on market, even if they sold slightly above the current price.

Over the last year, we note insiders sold 51.27k shares worth US$642k. In total, DiamondRock Hospitality insiders sold more than they bought over the last year. They sold for an average price of about US$12.52. It's not particularly great to see insiders were selling shares around current prices. Since insiders sell for many reasons, we wouldn't put too much weight on it. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NYSE:DRH Recent Insider Trading, April 2nd 2019

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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. It appears that DiamondRock Hospitality insiders own 1.1% of the company, worth about US$23m. 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 DiamondRock Hospitality Insiders?

There haven't been any insider transactions in the last three months -- that doesn't mean much. Still, the insider transactions at DiamondRock Hospitality in the last 12 months are not very heartening. But it's good to see that insiders own shares in the company. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for DiamondRock Hospitality.

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