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Need To Know: Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE:EMR) 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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE:EMR).

What Is Insider Buying?

It's quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

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. For example, a Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.'

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Emerson Electric

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the insider, Edward Monser, for US$4.6m worth of shares, at about US$76.36 per share. While we don't usually like to see insider selling, it's more concerning if the sales take place at a lower price. The silver lining is that this sell-down took place above the latest price (US$60.77). So it is hard to draw any strong conclusion from it.

In the last twelve months insiders netted US$8.2m for 116k shares sold. In the last year Emerson Electric insiders didn't buy any company stock. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NYSE:EMR Recent Insider Trading, August 9th 2019

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Emerson Electric Insiders Are Selling The Stock

Over the last three months, we've seen significant insider selling at Emerson Electric. In total, insiders dumped US$2.6m worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any purchases whatsoever. This may suggest that some insiders think that the shares are not cheap.

Insider Ownership of Emerson Electric

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Emerson Electric insiders own 0.7% of the company, currently worth about US$247m 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 Emerson Electric Tell Us?

Insiders haven't bought Emerson Electric stock in the last three months, but there was some selling. Looking to the last twelve months, our data doesn't show any insider buying. But since Emerson Electric is profitable and growing, we're not too worried by this. The company boasts high insider ownership, but we're a little hesitant, given the history of share sales. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Emerson Electric, 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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