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Are Insiders Selling Encore Wire Corporation (NASDAQ:WIRE) Stock?

Yolanda Lovett

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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Encore Wire Corporation (NASDAQ:WIRE).

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, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

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.’

See our latest analysis for Encore Wire

The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Encore Wire

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by Assistant Secretary & Controller Matthew Ford for US$131k worth of shares, at about US$52.45 per share. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of US$51.00. They might be selling for a variety of reasons, but it’s hard to argue this is a bullish sign. We usually pause to reflect on the potential that a stock has a high valuation, if insiders have been selling at around the current price. Matthew Ford 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. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NasdaqGS:WIRE Insider Trading January 8th 19
NasdaqGS:WIRE Insider Trading January 8th 19

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Insider Ownership of Encore Wire

I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Encore Wire insiders own about US$36m worth of shares. That equates to 3.4% 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.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Encore Wire Tell Us?

The fact that there have been no Encore Wire insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. We don’t take much encouragement from the transactions by Encore Wire insiders. The modest level of insider ownership is, at least, some comfort. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Encore Wire, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.