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How Much Are J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:JBHT) Insiders Taking Off The Table?

Daisy Mock

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:JBHT).

What Is Insider Selling?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. 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 Columbia University study found that ‘insiders are more likely to engage in open market purchases of their own company’s stock when the firm is about to reveal new agreements with customers and suppliers’.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At J.B. Hunt Transport Services

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by Director Wayne Garrison for US$13m worth of shares, at about US$127 per share. So we know that an insider sold shares at around the present share price of US$108. They could have a variety of motivations for selling, but it’s still not particularly encouraging to see. We generally tread carefully if insiders have been selling on market, even if they sold slightly above the current price.

All up, insiders sold more shares in J.B. Hunt Transport Services than they bought, over the last year. The average sell price was around US$124. 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 a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NASDAQGS:JBHT Insider Trading February 4th 19

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Insider Ownership of J.B. Hunt Transport Services

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. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. It’s great to see that J.B. Hunt Transport Services insiders own 21% of the company, worth about US$2.4b. Most shareholders would be happy to see this sort of insider ownership, since it suggests that management incentives are well aligned with other shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At J.B. Hunt Transport Services Tell Us?

It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded J.B. Hunt Transport Services shares in the last quarter. It’s great to see high levels of insider ownership, but looking back at the last year, we don’t gain confidence from the J.B. Hunt Transport Services insiders selling. 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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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.