We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. On the other hand, we'd be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Neuronetics, Inc. (NASDAQ:STIM).
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 in the 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. 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.
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Neuronetics
In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the insider, Peter Donato, sold US$120k worth of shares at a price of US$14.90 per share. While we don't usually like to see insider selling, it's more concerning if the sales take place at a lower price. The good news is that this large sale was at well above current price of US$8.84. So it may not shed much light on insider confidence at current levels.
In the last twelve months insiders netted US$182k for 12280 shares sold. Insiders in Neuronetics didn't buy any shares in 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!
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Insider Ownership of Neuronetics
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. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. From looking at our data, insiders own US$3.2m worth of Neuronetics stock, about 2.0% of the company. I generally like to see higher levels of ownership.
So What Does This Data Suggest About Neuronetics Insiders?
It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded Neuronetics shares in the last quarter. Our analysis of Neuronetics insider transactions leaves us unenthusiastic. And we're not picking up on high enough insider ownership to give us any comfort. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Neuronetics, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.
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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.
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