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Need To Know: Audentes Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:BOLD) Insiders Have Been Selling Shares

Grace Strickland

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 before you buy or sell Audentes Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:BOLD), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

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, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. 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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Audentes Therapeutics Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by Lead Independent Director Louis Lange for US$540k worth of shares, at about US$22.49 per share. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of US$19.49. While their view may have changed since the sale, this is not a particularly positive fact. We usually pause to reflect on the potential that a stock has a high valuation, if insiders have been selling at around the current price. Louis Lange was the only individual insider to sell over the last year.

You can see the insider transactions 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!

NasdaqGM:BOLD Insider Trading December 21st 18

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Insider Ownership of Audentes Therapeutics

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Audentes Therapeutics insiders own 1.7% of the company, currently worth about US$15m based on the recent share price. I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Audentes Therapeutics Tell Us?

An insider hasn’t bought Audentes Therapeutics stock in the last three months, but there was some selling. And there weren’t any purchases to give us comfort, over the last year. While insiders do own shares, they don’t own a heap, and they have been selling. We’d think twice before buying! 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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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.