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Are Insiders Selling EOG Resources, Inc. (NYSE:EOG) Stock?

Lee Kay

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. 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 EOG Resources, Inc. (NYSE:EOG).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’

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EOG Resources Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Gary Thomas made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$6.3m worth of shares at a price of US$125 each. While the sale doesn’t make us feel confident, we do note it was conducted at a price well above the current share price, which is US$94.21. So it may not shed much light on insider confidence at current levels.

We note that in the last year insiders divested 59.95k shares for a total of US$7.3m. All up, insiders sold more shares in EOG Resources than they bought, over the last year. The average sell price was around US$122. It is certainly not great to see that insiders have sold shares in the company. However, we do note that the average sale price was significantly higher than the current share price (which is US$94.21). 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:EOG Insider Trading February 12th 19

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EOG Resources Insiders Are Selling The Stock

The last quarter saw substantial insider selling of EOG Resources shares. In total, insiders dumped US$528k worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any purchases whatsoever. Overall this makes us a bit cautious, but it’s not the be all and end all.

Insider Ownership of EOG Resources

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. EOG Resources insiders own 0.4% of the company, currently worth about US$234m based on the recent share price. This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About EOG Resources Insiders?

Insiders sold EOG Resources shares recently, but they didn’t buy any. Looking to the last twelve months, our data doesn’t show any insider buying. On the plus side, EOG Resources makes money, and is growing profits. The company boasts high insider ownership, but we’re a little hesitant, given the history of share sales. If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

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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.