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How Much Are The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. (NYSE:IPG) 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 before you buy or sell The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. (NYSE:IPG), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Selling?

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, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

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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Interpublic Group of Companies Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Chairman & CEO, Michael Roth, sold US$4.6m worth of shares at a price of US$22.95 per share. That means that an insider was selling shares at around the current price of US$22.48. While we don't usually like to see insider selling, it's more concerning if the sales take price at a lower price. Given that the sale took place at around current prices, it makes us a little cautious but is hardly a major concern.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid US$400k for 17300 shares. On the other hand they divested 420k shares, for US$9.6m. In total, Interpublic Group of Companies insiders sold more than they bought over the last year. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NYSE:IPG Recent Insider Trading, June 21st 2019

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Insiders at Interpublic Group of Companies Have Bought Stock Recently

Over the last quarter, Interpublic Group of Companies insiders have spent a meaningful amount on shares. In total, insiders bought US$400k worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any sales whatsoever. This makes one think the business has some good points.

Insider Ownership of Interpublic Group of Companies

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Interpublic Group of Companies insiders own about US$61m worth of shares. That equates to 0.7% 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 Does This Data Suggest About Interpublic Group of Companies Insiders?

It is good to see recent purchasing. But we can't say the same for the transactions over the last 12 months. We don't take much heart from transactions by Interpublic Group of Companies insiders over the last year. But they own a reasonable amount of the company, and there was some buying recently. Overall they seem reasonably aligned. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Interpublic Group of Companies.

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

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