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How Much Are Heartland Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLD) Insiders Taking Off The Table?

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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 Heartland Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLD).

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.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. As Peter Lynch said, 'insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.'

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Heartland Express

Director Tahira Hira made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$667k worth of shares at a price of US$18.28 each. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, at around the current price. Of course they may have changed their mind. But this suggests they are optimistic. Nonetheless, we consider it positive if insiders want to buy at around the current share price.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 39.50k shares worth US$724k. But they sold 34.98k for US$733k. All up, insiders sold more shares in Heartland Express than they bought, over the last year. The sellers received a price of around US$20.96, on average. It's not particularly great to see insiders were selling shares at below recent prices. Of course, the sales could be motivated for a multitude of reasons, so we shouldn't jump to conclusions. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NasdaqGS:HTLD Recent Insider Trading, April 1st 2019

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Insiders at Heartland Express Have Sold Stock Recently

Over the last three months, we've seen a bit of insider selling at Heartland Express. Vice President of Sales Kent Rigdon sold just US$31k worth of shares in that time. It's not great to see insider selling, nor the lack of recent buyers. But the volume sold is so low that it really doesn't bother us.

Does Heartland Express Boast High Insider Ownership?

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. Insiders own 1.5% of Heartland Express shares, worth about US$23m. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Heartland Express Tell Us?

We note a that there's been a little more insider selling than buying, recently. But the net divestment is not enough to concern us at all. We're a little cautious about the insider selling at Heartland Express. But we do like the fact that insiders own a fair chunk of the company. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Heartland Express.

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