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Have Insiders Been Selling United Therapeutics Corporation (NASDAQ:UTHR) Shares?

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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 before you buy or sell United Therapeutics Corporation (NASDAQ:UTHR), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It's quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

We don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. 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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United Therapeutics Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Independent Director, Richard Giltner, sold US$419k worth of shares at a price of US$129 per share. While insider selling is a negative, to us, it is more negative if the shares are sold at a lower price. It's of some comfort that this sale was conducted at a price well above the current share price, which is US$78.23. So it is hard to draw any strong conclusion from it.

Over the last year, we note insiders sold 8230 shares worth US$984k. In the last year United Therapeutics insiders didn't buy any company stock. 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!

NasdaqGS:UTHR Recent Insider Trading, June 17th 2019

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Insider Ownership of United Therapeutics

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Insiders own 1.7% of United Therapeutics shares, worth about US$60m. 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 Does This Data Suggest About United Therapeutics Insiders?

It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded United Therapeutics shares in the last quarter. Our analysis of United Therapeutics insider transactions leaves us cautious. 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 United Therapeutics.

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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.

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