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Have Insiders Been Selling Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:SIRI) Shares This Year?

Alvin Rowe

We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:SIRI).

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 on the market. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. As Peter Lynch said, ‘insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.’

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Sirius XM Holdings Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by Thomas Barry for US$1.1m worth of shares, at about US$6.11 per share. So we know that an insider sold shares at around the present share price of US$5.95. 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.

Over the last year, we note insiders sold 561.82k shares worth US$3.7m. All up, insiders sold more shares in Sirius XM Holdings than they bought, over the last year. The sellers received a price of around US$6.59, on average. It’s not ideal to see that insiders have sold at around the current price. But we don’t put too much weight on the insider selling, since sellers could have personal reasons. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NasdaqGS:SIRI Insider Trading January 16th 19

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Insider Ownership of Sirius XM Holdings

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. It appears that Sirius XM Holdings insiders own 0.2% of the company, worth about US$49m. We’ve certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

So What Do The Sirius XM Holdings Insider Transactions Indicate?

It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded Sirius XM Holdings shares in the last quarter. Still, the insider transactions at Sirius XM Holdings in the last 12 months are not very heartening. But it’s good to see that insiders own shares in the company. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Sirius XM Holdings.

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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.