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Need To Know: Urban Outfitters, Inc. (NASDAQ:URBN) 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 before you buy or sell Urban Outfitters, Inc. (NASDAQ:URBN), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a 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. 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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Urban Outfitters Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

The Chief Operating Officer, Calvin Hollinger, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$694k worth of shares at a price of US$29.13 each. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of US$29.06. 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.

In the last twelve months insiders netted US$2.0m for 66194 shares sold. Insiders in Urban Outfitters didn't buy any shares in 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!

NasdaqGS:URBN Recent Insider Trading, October 31st 2019

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Insider Ownership of Urban Outfitters

I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Urban Outfitters insiders own about US$789m worth of shares (which is 28% of the company). This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Urban Outfitters Insiders?

It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded Urban Outfitters shares in the last quarter. It's great to see high levels of insider ownership, but looking back at the last year, we don't gain confidence from the Urban Outfitters insiders selling. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Urban Outfitters.

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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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