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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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (NYSE:LPX).
What Is Insider Selling?
It's quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.
We don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. As Peter Lynch said, 'insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.'
Louisiana-Pacific Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
The Independent Director, Lizanne Gottung, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$205k worth of shares at a price of US$29.25 each. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of US$24.75. While we don't usually like to see insider selling, it's more concerning if the sales take price 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. The only individual insider seller over the last year was Lizanne Gottung.
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!
I will like Louisiana-Pacific better if I see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.
For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. It appears that Louisiana-Pacific insiders own 0.4% of the company, worth about US$12m. 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 Louisiana-Pacific Insiders?
It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded Louisiana-Pacific shares in the last quarter. Our analysis of Louisiana-Pacific insider transactions leaves us cautious. But it's good to see that insiders own shares in the company. 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.
But note: Louisiana-Pacific may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.
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