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How Much Are Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC) Insiders Spending On Buying Shares?

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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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC).

What Is Insider Buying?

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, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

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 Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.'

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Genuine Parts

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Scott Sonnemaker bought US$495k worth of shares at a price of US$99.01 per share. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, at around the current price, which is US$104. Of course they may have changed their mind. But this suggests they are optimistic. If someone buys shares at well below current prices, it's a good sign on balance, but keep in mind they may no longer see value. The good news for Genuine Parts share holders is that insiders were buying at near the current price.

In the last twelve months insiders purchased 5500 shares for US$545k. On the other hand they divested 512 shares, for US$50k. In total, Genuine Parts insiders bought more than they sold over the last year. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NYSE:GPC Recent Insider Trading, July 12th 2019

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Insiders at Genuine Parts Have Bought Stock Recently

Over the last quarter, Genuine Parts insiders have spent a meaningful amount on shares. We can see that Scott Sonnemaker paid US$495k for shares in the company. No-one sold. This could be interpreted as suggesting a positive outlook.

Insider Ownership

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Genuine Parts insiders own about US$90m worth of shares. That equates to 0.6% of the company. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

So What Do The Genuine Parts Insider Transactions Indicate?

It's certainly positive to see the recent insider purchase. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. Insiders likely see value in Genuine Parts shares, given these transactions (along with notable insider ownership of 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.

Of course Genuine Parts may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of high quality companies.

For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.

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