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Need To Know: Carnival plc (LON:CCL) Insiders Have Been Selling 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 Carnival plc (LON:CCL).

What Is Insider Selling?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock in the company. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

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. 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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Carnival Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the Group Chief Executive Officer of Costa Group & Carnival Asia, Michael Thamm, for UK£2.0m worth of shares, at about UK£43.31 per share. We generally don't like to see insider selling, but the lower the sale price, the more it concerns us. It's of some comfort that this sale was conducted at a price well above the current share price, which is UK£35.92. So it may not shed much light on insider confidence at current levels.

We note that in the last year insiders divested 48580 shares for a total of UK£2.1m. Insiders in Carnival didn't buy any shares in the last year. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

LSE:CCL Recent Insider Trading, August 20th 2019

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Insider Ownership of Carnival

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Insiders own 0.03% of Carnival shares, worth about UK£6.6m, according to our data. Whilst better than nothing, we're not overly impressed by these holdings.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Carnival Tell Us?

There haven't been any insider transactions in the last three months -- that doesn't mean much. The insider transactions at Carnival are not inspiring us to buy. We also note that, as far as we can see, insider ownership is fairly low, compared to other companies. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Carnival, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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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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