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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 Lundin Gold Inc. (TSE:LUG).
Do Insider Transactions Matter?
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 don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. For example, a Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.'
Lundin Gold Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
The President, Ronald Hochstein, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for CA$168k worth of shares at a price of CA$5.45 each. So it's clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even below the current price of CA$6.55. As a general rule we consider it to be discouraging when insiders are selling below the current price, because it suggests they were happy with a lower valuation. However, while insider selling is sometimes discouraging, it's only a weak signal. We note that the biggest single sale was only 23.3% of Ronald Hochstein's holding. The only individual insider seller over the last year was Ronald Hochstein.
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!
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).
Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Our data suggests Lundin Gold insiders own 0.4% of the company, worth about CA$5.3m. However, it's possible that insiders might have an indirect interest through a more complex structure. We consider this fairly low insider ownership.
So What Do The Lundin Gold Insider Transactions Indicate?
It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded Lundin Gold shares in the last quarter. The insider transactions at Lundin Gold are not inspiring us to buy. And usually insiders own more stock in the company, according to our data. 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.
But note: Lundin Gold 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.
For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.
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