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Have Insiders Been Selling William Lyon Homes (NYSE:WLH) Shares?

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. On the other hand, we'd be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in William Lyon Homes (NYSE:WLH).

What Is Insider Selling?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. 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 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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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At William Lyon Homes

The insider, Thomas Claugus, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$148k worth of shares at a price of US$12.18 each. That means that an insider was selling shares at slightly below the current price (US$17.65). 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. However, while insider selling is sometimes discouraging, it's only a weak signal. We note that the biggest single sale was only 10% of Thomas Claugus's holding. Thomas Claugus was the only individual insider to sell over the last year.

Thomas Claugus sold a total of 24700 shares over the year at an average price of US$11.93. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NYSE:WLH Recent Insider Trading, August 26th 2019

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Does William Lyon Homes Boast High Insider Ownership?

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. William Lyon Homes insiders own about US$114m worth of shares (which is 17% of the company). This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At William Lyon Homes Tell Us?

The fact that there have been no William Lyon Homes insider transactions recently certainly doesn't bother us. While we feel good about high insider ownership of William Lyon Homes, we can't say the same about the selling of shares. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for William Lyon Homes.

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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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