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Read This Before Buying The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. (NYSE:THG) Shares

Terrence Jolly

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 The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. (NYSE:THG).

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, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

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 Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’

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Hanover Insurance Group Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Executive VP & Chief Technology Innovation Officer Mark Berthiaume made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$226k worth of shares at a price of US$117 each. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of US$110. They might be selling for a variety of reasons, but it’s hard to argue this is a bullish sign. We usually pause to reflect on the potential that a stock has a high valuation, if insiders have been selling at around the current price. The only individual insider seller over the last year was Mark Berthiaume.

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:THG Insider Trading January 12th 19

I will like Hanover Insurance Group better if I see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.

Insider Ownership of Hanover Insurance Group

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. Hanover Insurance Group insiders own about US$33m worth of shares. That equates to 0.7% of the company. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Hanover Insurance Group Tell Us?

It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded Hanover Insurance Group shares in the last quarter. Our analysis of Hanover Insurance Group insider transactions leaves us cautious. The modest level of insider ownership is, at least, some comfort. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Hanover Insurance Group.

But note: Hanover Insurance Group 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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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.