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Have Insiders Been Selling Urban Outfitters, Inc. (NASDAQ:URBN) Shares?

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. The flip side of that is that there are more than a few examples of insiders dumping stock prior to a period of weak performance. So before you buy or sell Urban Outfitters, Inc. (NASDAQ:URBN), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Selling?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

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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Urban Outfitters Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Chief Executive Officer of Urban Outfitters Group, Trish Donnelly, sold US$891k worth of shares at a price of US$46.10 per share. We generally don't like to see insider selling, but the lower the sale price, the more it concerns us. The good news is that this large sale was at well above current price of US$28.34. So it is hard to draw any strong conclusion from it.

We note that in the last year insiders divested 85526 shares for a total of US$2.9m. Insiders in Urban Outfitters 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 click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NasdaqGS:URBN Recent Insider Trading, May 10th 2019

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Urban Outfitters Insiders Are Selling The Stock

Over the last three months, we've seen significant insider selling at Urban Outfitters. Specifically, insiders ditched US$2.0m worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any purchases whatsoever. This may suggest that some insiders think that the shares are not cheap.

Insider Ownership

I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with insiders. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Urban Outfitters insiders own 26% of the company, currently worth about US$770m based on the recent share price. This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Urban Outfitters Insiders?

Insiders sold stock recently, but they haven't been buying. And even if we look to the last year, we didn't see any purchases. But since Urban Outfitters is profitable and growing, we're not too worried by this. It is good to see high insider ownership, but the insider selling leaves us cautious. If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

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