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 we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ:TSCO).
What Is Insider Selling?
It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.
We don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. 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'.
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Tractor Supply
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by President Harry Lawton for US$125k worth of shares, at about US$98.36 per share. That implies that an insider found the current price of US$107 per share to be enticing. That means they have been optimistic about the company in the past, though they may have changed their mind. While we always like to see insider buying, it's less meaningful if the purchases were made at much lower prices, as the opportunity they saw may have passed. Happily, the Tractor Supply insider decided to buy shares at close to current prices. Harry Lawton was the only individual insider to buy shares in the last twelve months.
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!
Tractor Supply is not the only stock insiders are buying. So take a peek at this free list of growing companies with insider buying.
For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Tractor Supply insiders own about US$60m worth of shares. That equates to 0.5% 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 Do The Tractor Supply Insider Transactions Indicate?
It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded Tractor Supply shares in the last quarter. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. Insiders own shares in Tractor Supply and we see no evidence to suggest they are worried about the future. So while it's helpful to know what insiders are doing in terms of buying or selling, it's also helpful to know the risks that a particular company is facing. You'd be interested to know, that we found 2 warning signs for Tractor Supply and we suggest you have a look.
But note: Tractor Supply may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.
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