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Have Insiders Been Selling Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE:ICE) 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 Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE:ICE).

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, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

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 Intercontinental Exchange

The Independent Director, Vincent Tese, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$164k worth of shares at a price of US$81.87 each. That means that even when the share price was below the current price of US$91.89, an insider wanted to cash in some shares. We generally consider it a negative if insiders have been selling on market, especially if they did so below the current price, because it implies that they considered a lower price to be reasonable. However, while insider selling is sometimes discouraging, it's only a weak signal. This single sale was just 6% of Vincent Tese's stake.

In the last twelve months insiders netted US$361k for 4455 shares sold. Insiders in Intercontinental Exchange didn't buy any shares in 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!

NYSE:ICE Recent Insider Trading, July 16th 2019

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Insiders at Intercontinental Exchange Have Sold Stock Recently

The last quarter saw substantial insider selling of Intercontinental Exchange shares. In total, insiders sold US$281k 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 Intercontinental Exchange

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. Intercontinental Exchange insiders own 1.1% of the company, currently worth about US$584m based on the recent share price. Most shareholders would be happy to see this sort of insider ownership, since it suggests that management incentives are well aligned with other shareholders.

So What Do The Intercontinental Exchange Insider Transactions Indicate?

Insiders haven't bought Intercontinental Exchange stock in the last three months, but there was some selling. Looking to the last twelve months, our data doesn't show any insider buying. It is good to see high insider ownership, but the insider selling leaves us cautious. 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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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.

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