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Need To Know: ABM Industries Incorporated (NYSE:ABM) Insiders Have Been Selling 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. 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 ABM Industries Incorporated (NYSE:ABM).

What Is Insider Selling?

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.

We don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. As Peter Lynch said, 'insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.'

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ABM Industries Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

The Executive VP and President of Business & Industry, Rene Jacobsen, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$235k worth of shares at a price of US$34.09 each. So it's clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even below the current price of US$36.84. 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. This single sale was 52% of Rene Jacobsen's stake.

We note that in the last year insiders divested 9896 shares for a total of US$339k. Insiders in ABM Industries didn't buy any shares in the last year. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NYSE:ABM Recent Insider Trading, August 26th 2019

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Insider Ownership of ABM Industries

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. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Insiders own 0.4% of ABM Industries shares, worth about US$8.9m, according to our data. We do generally prefer see higher levels of insider ownership.

So What Do The ABM Industries Insider Transactions Indicate?

It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded ABM Industries shares in the last quarter. Our analysis of ABM Industries insider transactions leaves us unenthusiastic. And we're not picking up on high enough insider ownership to give us any comfort. 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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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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