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Have Insiders Been Selling The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. (NYSE:IPG) Shares?

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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. The flip side of that is that there are more than a few examples of insiders dumping stock prior to a period of weak performance. So before you buy or sell The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. (NYSE:IPG), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

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 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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Interpublic Group of Companies Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the Chairman & CEO, Michael Roth, for US$4.6m worth of shares, at about US$22.95 per share. So we know that an insider sold shares at around the present share price of US$22.48. While we don't usually like to see insider selling, it's more concerning if the sales take price at a lower price. We note that this sale took place at around the current price, so it isn't a major concern, though it's hardly a good sign.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid US$400k for 17300 shares. But insiders sold 420k shares worth US$9.6m. Over the last year we saw more insider selling of Interpublic Group of Companies shares, than buying. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NYSE:IPG Recent Insider Trading, June 21st 2019

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Interpublic Group of Companies Insiders Bought Stock Recently

Over the last quarter, Interpublic Group of Companies insiders have spent a meaningful amount on shares. Not only was there no selling that we can see, but they collectively bought US$400k worth of shares. This could be interpreted as suggesting a positive outlook.

Insider Ownership

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. It appears that Interpublic Group of Companies insiders own 0.7% of the company, worth about US$61m. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

So What Do The Interpublic Group of Companies Insider Transactions Indicate?

It is good to see recent purchasing. On the other hand the transaction history, over the last year, isn't so positive. We don't take much heart from transactions by Interpublic Group of Companies insiders over the last year. But they own a reasonable amount of the company, and there was some buying recently. In short they are likely aligned with shareholders. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Interpublic Group of Companies, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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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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