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Are Insiders Selling Hingham Institution for Savings (NASDAQ:HIFS) Stock?

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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. 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 we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Hingham Institution for Savings (NASDAQ:HIFS).

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.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. 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.'

View our latest analysis for Hingham Institution for Savings

Hingham Institution for Savings Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

The insider, Scott Moser, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$419k worth of shares at a price of US$210 each. So we know that an insider sold shares at around the present share price of US$189. While insider selling is a negative, to us, it is more negative if the shares are sold at a lower price. Given that the sale took place at around current prices, it makes us a little cautious but is hardly a major concern.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 2230 shares worth US$448k. But they sold 7137 for US$1.4m. All up, insiders sold more shares in Hingham Institution for Savings than they bought, over the last year. 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!

NasdaqGM:HIFS Recent Insider Trading, August 5th 2019
NasdaqGM:HIFS Recent Insider Trading, August 5th 2019

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Insiders at Hingham Institution for Savings Have Sold Stock Recently

The last three months saw significant insider selling at Hingham Institution for Savings. Specifically, insiders ditched US$253k worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any purchases whatsoever. This may suggest that some insiders think that the shares are not cheap.

Insider Ownership of Hingham Institution for Savings

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. It appears that Hingham Institution for Savings insiders own 25% of the company, worth about US$99m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it's enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Hingham Institution for Savings Insiders?

Insiders haven't bought Hingham Institution for Savings stock in the last three months, but there was some selling. Zooming out, the longer term picture doesn't give us much comfort. But it is good to see that Hingham Institution for Savings is growing earnings. Insider ownership isn't particularly high, so this analysis makes us cautious about the company. So we'd only buy after careful consideration. To put this in context, take a look at how a company has performed in the past. You can access this detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow .

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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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