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Need To Know: World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) 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. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So before you buy or sell World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Selling?

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.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. 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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World Wrestling Entertainment Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

The Co-President & Director, Michelle Wilson, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$11m worth of shares at a price of US$69.30 each. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of US$66.44. While we don't usually like to see insider selling, it's more concerning if the sales take place 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).

We note that in the last year insiders divested 180369 shares for a total of US$13m. World Wrestling Entertainment insiders didn't buy any shares over the last year. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NYSE:WWE Recent Insider Trading, October 31st 2019

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Insiders at World Wrestling Entertainment Have Sold Stock Recently

The last quarter saw substantial insider selling of World Wrestling Entertainment shares. In total, insiders sold US$12m 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.

Insider Ownership of World Wrestling Entertainment

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. World Wrestling Entertainment insiders own 41% of the company, currently worth about US$2.1b based on the recent share price. 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 Do The World Wrestling Entertainment Insider Transactions Indicate?

Insiders sold stock recently, but they haven't been buying. And even if we look to the last year, we didn't see any purchases. But since World Wrestling Entertainment is profitable and growing, we're not too worried by this. While insiders do own a lot of shares in the company (which is good), our analysis of their transactions doesn't make us feel confident about the company. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for World Wrestling Entertainment.

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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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