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Have Insiders Been Selling Portland General Electric Company (NYSE:POR) Shares?

Grace Strickland

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 Portland General Electric Company (NYSE:POR).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

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.

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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Portland General Electric Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when Vice President of Public Policy William Robertson sold US$201k worth of shares at a price of US$45.78 per share. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of US$44.82. While their view may have changed since the sale, this is not a particularly positive fact. Arguably, insider selling at around current prices should give us reason to reflect on whether the stock is fully valued at the moment.

We note that in the last year insiders divested 5.00k shares for a total of US$226k. All up, insiders sold more shares in Portland General Electric than they bought, over the last year. The sellers received a price of around US$45.12, on average. We don’t gain much confidence from insider selling near the recent share price. While some insiders have decided to take some money off the table, we wouldn’t put too much weight on this fact. 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:POR Insider Trading January 7th 19

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Insider Ownership of Portland General Electric

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Portland General Electric insiders own about US$24m worth of shares. That equates to 0.6% of the company. 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 Do The Portland General Electric Insider Transactions Indicate?

It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded Portland General Electric shares in the last quarter. We don’t take much encouragement from the transactions by Portland General Electric insiders. The modest level of insider ownership is, at least, some comfort. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Portland General Electric.

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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.