It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:MXIM).
What Is Insider Selling?
It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. 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 equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’
Maxim Integrated Products Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when Senior Vice President of New Ventures Christopher Neil sold US$574k worth of shares at a price of US$58.41 per share. So we know that an insider sold shares at around the present share price of US$51.95. They might be selling for a variety of reasons, but it’s hard to argue this is a bullish sign. We usually pause to reflect on the potential that a stock has a high valuation, if insiders have been selling at around the current price.
In the last twelve months insiders netted US$3.6m for 62.53k shares sold. In total, Maxim Integrated Products insiders sold more than they bought over the last year. The average sell price was around US$57.71. It’s not particularly great to see insiders were selling shares around current prices. Since insiders sell for many reasons, we wouldn’t put too much weight on it. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!
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Insiders at Maxim Integrated Products Have Sold Stock Recently
Over the last three months, we’ve seen significant insider selling at Maxim Integrated Products. In total, insiders dumped US$721k 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 Maxim Integrated Products Boast High Insider Ownership?
Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. 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 Maxim Integrated Products insiders own 0.7% of the company, worth about US$93m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it’s enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.
What Might The Insider Transactions At Maxim Integrated Products Tell Us?
Insiders sold stock recently, but they haven’t been buying. Looking to the last twelve months, our data doesn’t show any insider buying. But since Maxim Integrated Products is profitable and growing, we’re not too worried by this. While insiders do own shares, they don’t own a heap, and they have been selling. We’re in no rush to buy! Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Maxim Integrated Products.
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