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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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Eagle Materials Inc. (NYSE:EXP).
Do Insider Transactions Matter?
Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock on the market. 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 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’.
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Eagle Materials
In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when Director Ed Bowman sold US$185k worth of shares at a price of US$71.35 per share. That means that even when the share price was below the current price of US$76.15, an insider wanted to cash in some shares. While sellers have a variety of reasons for selling, this isn’t particularly great to see. As a general rule we consider it to be discouraging when insiders are selling below the current price. It is worth noting that this sale was only 16.6% of Ed Bowman’s holding. The only individual insider seller over the last year was Ed Bowman.
You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!
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Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Eagle Materials insiders own about US$38m worth of shares. That equates to 1.1% of the company. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it’s enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.
So What Does This Data Suggest About Eagle Materials Insiders?
An insider hasn’t bought Eagle Materials 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. Insider ownership isn’t particularly high, so this analysis makes us cautious about the company. We’re in no rush to buy! Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Eagle Materials.
But note: Eagle Materials may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.
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