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Have Insiders Been Selling First Community Corporation (NASDAQ:FCCO) Shares?

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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 First Community Corporation (NASDAQ:FCCO).

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 don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Columbia University study found that 'insiders are more likely to engage in open market purchases of their own company’s stock when the firm is about to reveal new agreements with customers and suppliers'.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At First Community

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the Executive VP & CFO, Joseph Sawyer, for US$131k worth of shares, at about US$25.65 per share. While insider selling is a negative, to us, it is more negative if the shares are sold at a lower price. It's of some comfort that this sale was conducted at a price well above the current share price, which is US$18.30. So it is hard to draw any strong conclusion from it.

We note that in the last year insiders divested 8113 shares for a total of US$198k. Insiders in First Community didn't buy any shares in the last year. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NasdaqCM:FCCO Recent Insider Trading, May 13th 2019

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Insider Ownership of First Community

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. Insiders own 5.3% of First Community shares, worth about US$7.5m, according to our data. We do generally prefer see higher levels of insider ownership.

So What Do The First Community Insider Transactions Indicate?

The fact that there have been no First Community insider transactions recently certainly doesn't bother us. Our analysis of First Community insider transactions leaves us unenthusiastic. We also note that, as far as we can see, insider ownership is fairly low, compared to other companies. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in First Community, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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