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Need To Know: Univest Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:UVSP) Insiders Have Been Buying 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. 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 before you buy or sell Univest Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:UVSP), 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 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.'

See our latest analysis for Univest Financial

The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Univest Financial

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Director, K. Moyer, sold US$129k worth of shares at a price of US$25.52 per share. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of US$25.47. While insider selling is a negative, to us, it is more negative if the shares are sold at a lower price. We note that this sale took place at around the current price, so it isn't a major concern, though it's hardly a good sign.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 4100 shares worth US$103k. But insiders sold 44773 shares worth US$415k. In total, Univest Financial insiders sold more than they bought over 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!

NasdaqGS:UVSP Recent Insider Trading, July 23rd 2019
NasdaqGS:UVSP Recent Insider Trading, July 23rd 2019

If you like to buy stocks that insiders are buying, rather than selling, then you might just love this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).

Insiders at Univest Financial Have Bought Stock Recently

We saw some Univest Financial insider buying shares in the last three months. In that period Robert Wonderling spent US$63k on shares. But K. Moyer sold US$42k worth. It is nice to see that insiders have bought, but the quantum isn't large enough to get us excited.

Insider Ownership

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Univest Financial insiders own about US$16m worth of shares. That equates to 2.2% of the company. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Univest Financial Insiders?

We note that there's been a little more insider selling than buying, recently. But the difference is small, and thus, not concerning. Recent sales exacerbate our caution arising from analysis of Univest Financial insider transactions. The modest level of insider ownership is, at least, some comfort. 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.

If you would prefer to check out another company -- one with potentially superior financials -- then do not miss this free list of interesting companies, that have HIGH return on equity and low debt.

For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.

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