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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 TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE:TEL).
What Is Insider Buying?
It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.
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 Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’
TE Connectivity Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
President of Transportation Solutions Steven Merkt made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$1.1m worth of shares at a price of US$103 each. While the sale doesn’t make us feel confident, we do note it was conducted at a price well above the current share price, which is US$80.95. So it is hard to draw any strong conclusion from it. Steven Merkt was the only individual insider to sell shares in the last twelve months.
The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!
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Insider Ownership of TE Connectivity
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. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. TE Connectivity insiders own about US$64m worth of shares. That equates to 0.2% 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 Do The TE Connectivity Insider Transactions Indicate?
It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded TE Connectivity shares in the last quarter. We don’t take much encouragement from the transactions by TE Connectivity insiders. But it’s good to see that insiders own shares in the company. 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.
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