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Read This Before Buying Edwards Lifesciences Corporation (NYSE:EW) Shares

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. 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 we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Edwards Lifesciences Corporation (NYSE:EW).

What Is Insider Buying?

It's quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

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.'

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Edwards Lifesciences Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Independent Director, William Link, sold US$2.0m worth of shares at a price of US$150 per share. That means that an insider was selling shares at slightly below the current price (US$185). We generally consider it a negative if insiders have been selling on market, especially if they did so below the current price, because it implies that they considered a lower price to be reasonable. 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. We note that the biggest single sale was only 33.1% of William Link's holding.

Over the last year, we note insiders sold 17972 shares worth US$2.8m. Edwards Lifesciences insiders didn't buy any shares over the last year. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NYSE:EW Recent Insider Trading, June 13th 2019

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Insiders at Edwards Lifesciences Have Sold Stock Recently

The last quarter saw substantial insider selling of Edwards Lifesciences shares. In total, Corporate Vice President of Strategy & Corporate Development Donald Bobo sold US$509k worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any purchases whatsoever. Overall this makes us a bit cautious, but it's not the be all and end all.

Insider Ownership of Edwards Lifesciences

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Edwards Lifesciences insiders own 0.6% of the company, currently worth about US$249m based on the recent share price. 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 Do The Edwards Lifesciences Insider Transactions Indicate?

An insider sold stock recently, but they haven't been buying. Looking to the last twelve months, our data doesn't show any insider buying. But it is good to see that Edwards Lifesciences is growing earnings. While insiders do own a lot of shares in the company (which is good), our analysis of their transactions doesn't make us feel confident about the company. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Edwards Lifesciences.

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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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