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Need To Know: The First of Long Island Corporation (NASDAQ:FLIC) 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. The flip side of that is that there are more than a few examples of insiders dumping stock prior to a period of weak performance. So we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in The First of Long Island Corporation (NASDAQ:FLIC).

What Is Insider Selling?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. For example, a Columbia University study found that 'insiders are more likely to engage in open market purchases of their own company’s stock when the firm is about to reveal new agreements with customers and suppliers'.

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First of Long Island Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

The Senior EVP, Mark Curtis, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$128k worth of shares at a price of US$25.53 each. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of US$22.30. While insider selling is a negative, to us, it is more negative if the shares are sold at a lower price. In this case, the big sale took place at around the current price, so it's not too bad (but it's still not a positive).

In the last twelve months insiders purchased 6350 shares for US$139k. But insiders sold 21301 shares worth US$488k. All up, insiders sold more shares in First of Long Island than they bought, over the last year. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NasdaqCM:FLIC Recent Insider Trading, May 20th 2019

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First of Long Island Insiders Are Selling The Stock

Over the last three months, we've seen significant insider selling at First of Long Island. Specifically, President Michael Vittorio ditched US$68k worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any purchases whatsoever. In light of this it's hard to argue that all the insiders think that the shares are a bargain.

Does First of Long Island Boast High Insider Ownership?

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Insiders own 5.1% of First of Long Island shares, worth about US$28m. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About First of Long Island Insiders?

An insider hasn't bought First of Long Island stock in the last three months, but there was some selling. And our longer term analysis of insider transactions didn't bring confidence, either. But since First of Long Island is profitable and growing, we're not too worried by this. While insiders do own shares, they don't own a heap, and they have been selling. So we'd only buy after careful consideration. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for First of Long Island.

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