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Have Insiders Been Selling Encompass Health Corporation (NYSE:EHC) Shares?

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We've lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. 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 Encompass Health Corporation (NYSE:EHC).

What Is Insider Buying?

It's quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. 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 Encompass Health

The Senior VP & Chief Accounting Officer, Andrew Price, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$757k worth of shares at a price of US$80.04 each. We generally don't like to see insider selling, but the lower the sale price, the more it concerns us. The good news is that this large sale was at well above current price of US$63.18. So it may not tell us anything about how insiders feel about the current share price. Andrew Price was the only individual insider to sell shares in the last twelve months.

You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NYSE:EHC Recent Insider Trading, August 10th 2019

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Insider Ownership

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Insiders own 1.5% of Encompass Health shares, worth about US$91m. 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 Encompass Health Insider Transactions Indicate?

The fact that there have been no Encompass Health insider transactions recently certainly doesn't bother us. Our analysis of Encompass Health insider transactions leaves us cautious. 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 Encompass Health.

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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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