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Need To Know: Career Education Corporation (NASDAQ:CECO) Insiders Have Been Selling Shares

Will Harmon

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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 before you buy or sell Career Education Corporation (NASDAQ:CECO), 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, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. 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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Career Education Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by VP of Accounting & Reporting and Principal Accounting Officer Michele Peppers for US$80k worth of shares, at about US$15.98 per share. That means that an insider was selling shares at around the current price of US$13.94. They could have a variety of motivations for selling, but it’s still not particularly encouraging to see. We generally tread carefully if insiders have been selling on market, even if they sold slightly above the current price. The only individual insider seller over the last year was Michele Peppers.

You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NasdaqGS:CECO Recent Insider Trading, February 21st 2019

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Insider Ownership of Career Education

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Insiders own 0.6% of Career Education shares, worth about US$5.5m, according to our data. Whilst better than nothing, we’re not overly impressed by these holdings.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Career Education Insiders?

It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded Career Education shares in the last quarter. Our analysis of Career Education insider transactions leaves us unenthusiastic. We also note that, as far as we can see, insider ownership is fairly low, compared to other companies. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Career Education.

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