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Have Insiders Been Selling The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE:PNC) Shares This Year?

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE:PNC).

What Is Insider Selling?

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.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. 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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PNC Financial Services Group Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

The Executive VP, Michael Lyons, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$2.0m worth of shares at a price of US$139 each. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of US$129. While insider selling is a negative, to us, it is more negative if the shares are sold 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.

In the last twelve months insiders purchased 1500 shares for US$187k. But they sold 36242 for US$5.0m. Over the last year we saw more insider selling of PNC Financial Services Group 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:PNC Recent Insider Trading, September 3rd 2019

I will like PNC Financial Services Group better if I see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.

Insiders at PNC Financial Services Group Have Sold Stock Recently

We've seen more insider selling than insider buying at PNC Financial Services Group recently. In total, insiders sold US$4.4m worth of shares in that time. Meanwhile Director Charles Bunch bought US$124k worth. Since the selling really does outweigh the buying, we'd say that these transactions may suggest that some insiders feel the shares are not cheap.

Does PNC Financial Services Group Boast High 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. PNC Financial Services Group insiders own 0.3% of the company, currently worth about US$166m based on the recent share price. I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About PNC Financial Services Group Insiders?

The insider sales have outweighed the insider buying, at PNC Financial Services Group, in the last three months. Despite some insider buying, the longer term picture doesn't make us feel much more positive. The company boasts high insider ownership, but we're a little hesitant, given the history of share sales. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for PNC Financial Services Group.

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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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