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Have Insiders Been Selling Monster Beverage Corporation (NASDAQ:MNST) Shares This Year?

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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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Monster Beverage Corporation (NASDAQ:MNST).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock in the company. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. For example, a Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.'

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Monster Beverage Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

The Director, Mark Hall, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$11m worth of shares at a price of US$61.45 each. That means that an insider was selling shares at around the current price of US$56.08. While we don't usually like to see insider selling, it's more concerning if the sales take place 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.

In the last twelve months insiders netted US$14m for 225k shares sold. Monster Beverage insiders didn't buy any shares over 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!

NasdaqGS:MNST Recent Insider Trading, August 26th 2019

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Insider Ownership

I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with insiders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Monster Beverage insiders own 2.1% of the company, currently worth about US$639m based on the recent share price. This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.

So What Do The Monster Beverage Insider Transactions Indicate?

It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded Monster Beverage shares in the last quarter. While we feel good about high insider ownership of Monster Beverage, we can't say the same about the selling of shares. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Monster Beverage.

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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.

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