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Have Insiders Been Selling Waste Connections, Inc. (NYSE:WCN) 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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Waste Connections, Inc. (NYSE:WCN).

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, 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 Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.'

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Waste Connections

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Chief Accounting Officer & Senior VP, David Eddie, sold US$1.6m worth of shares at a price of US$80.06 per share. So it's clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even below the current price of US$97.74. As a general rule we consider it to be discouraging when insiders are selling below the current price, because it suggests they were happy with a lower 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 only 35.5% of David Eddie's holding.

Over the last year, we note insiders sold 38385 shares worth US$3.1m. Waste Connections insiders didn't buy any shares over the last year. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NYSE:WCN Recent Insider Trading, July 4th 2019

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Insider Ownership of Waste Connections

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. It appears that Waste Connections insiders own 0.3% of the company, worth about US$67m. 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 Waste Connections Insider Transactions Indicate?

The fact that there have been no Waste Connections insider transactions recently certainly doesn't bother us. Still, the insider transactions at Waste Connections 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 Waste Connections.

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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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