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Have Insiders Been Selling The TJX Companies, Inc. (NYSE:TJX) Shares?

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We've lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So before you buy or sell The TJX Companies, Inc. (NYSE:TJX), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Buying?

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, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.

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TJX Companies Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Director, Tai Ching, sold US$1.0m worth of shares at a price of US$52.20 per share. So it's clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even below the current price of US$55.42. When an insider sells below the current price, it suggests that they considered that lower price to be fair. That makes us wonder what they think of the (higher) recent valuation. Please do note, however, that sellers may have a variety of reasons for selling, so we don't know for sure what they think of the stock price. It is worth noting that this sale was 57% of Tai Ching's holding.

We note that in the last year insiders divested 23280 shares for a total of US$1.2m. Insiders in TJX Companies didn't buy any shares in the last year. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NYSE:TJX Recent Insider Trading, October 9th 2019

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Insider Ownership

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. TJX Companies insiders own about US$86m worth of shares. That equates to 0.1% of the company. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

So What Do The TJX Companies Insider Transactions Indicate?

The fact that there have been no TJX Companies insider transactions recently certainly doesn't bother us. Our analysis of TJX Companies insider transactions leaves us cautious. But we do like the fact that insiders own a fair chunk of the company. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in TJX Companies, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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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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