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How Much Are PACCAR Inc (NASDAQ:PCAR) 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 PACCAR Inc (NASDAQ:PCAR), 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, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

We don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. 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 PACCAR

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the , C. Dozier, sold US$635k worth of shares at a price of US$63.52 per share. That means that an insider was selling shares at slightly below the current price (US$71.32). As a general rule we consider it to be discouraging when insiders are selling below the current price, because it suggests they were happy with a lower valuation. While insider selling is not a positive sign, we can't be sure if it does mean insiders think the shares are fully valued, so it's only a weak sign. It is worth noting that this sale was only 45.6% of C. Dozier's holding.

Over the last year, we note insiders sold 16155 shares worth US$1.0m. In the last year PACCAR insiders didn't buy any company stock. 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:PCAR Recent Insider Trading, April 30th 2019

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PACCAR Insiders Are Selling The Stock

The last three months saw significant insider selling at PACCAR. In total, insiders sold US$182k worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any purchases whatsoever. In light of this it's hard to argue that all the insiders think that the shares are a bargain.

Does PACCAR Boast High Insider Ownership?

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. It's great to see that PACCAR insiders own 2.0% of the company, worth about US$505m. Most shareholders would be happy to see this sort of insider ownership, since it suggests that management incentives are well aligned with other shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About PACCAR Insiders?

Insiders sold PACCAR shares recently, but they didn't buy any. And even if we look to the last year, we didn't see any purchases. But it is good to see that PACCAR is growing earnings. It is good to see high insider ownership, but the insider selling leaves us cautious. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for PACCAR.

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