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Have Insiders Been Selling The Manitowoc Company, Inc. (NYSE:MTW) 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. 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 The Manitowoc Company, Inc. (NYSE:MTW).

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, 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. 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 Manitowoc Company

The President, Barry Pennypacker, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$204k worth of shares at a price of US$16.46 each. That means that an insider was selling shares at slightly below the current price (US$16.87). 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. Please do note, however, that sellers may have a variety of reasons for selling, so we don't know for sure what they think of the stock price. We note that the biggest single sale was only 9.1% of Barry Pennypacker's holding.

Over the last year, we note insiders sold 21593 shares worth US$340k. Manitowoc Company insiders didn't buy any shares over the last year. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NYSE:MTW Recent Insider Trading, July 12th 2019

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Insiders at Manitowoc Company Have Sold Stock Recently

Over the last three months, we've seen significant insider selling at Manitowoc Company. In total, Senior VP & CFO David Antoniuk sold US$84k worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any purchases whatsoever. Overall this makes us a bit cautious, but it's not the be all and end all.

Does Manitowoc Company Boast High Insider Ownership?

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Insiders own 1.3% of Manitowoc Company shares, worth about US$7.7m, according to our data. We do generally prefer see higher levels of insider ownership.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Manitowoc Company Insiders?

An insider sold stock recently, but they haven't been buying. Looking to the last twelve months, our data doesn't show any insider buying. When you consider that most companies have higher levels of insider ownership, we're a little wary. As the saying goes, only fools rush in. 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: Manitowoc Company 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.

For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.

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