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Read This Before Buying Independence Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:IRT) Shares

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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 we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Independence Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:IRT).

What Is Insider Buying?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a 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 equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. For example, a Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.'

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Independence Realty Trust Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Notably, that recent sale by Richard Ross is the biggest insider sale of Independence Realty Trust shares that we've seen in the last year. That means that an insider was selling shares at slightly below the current price (US$13.68). 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. Please do note, however, that sellers may have a variety of reasons for selling, so we don't know for sure what they think of the stock price. We note that the biggest single sale was only 19.3% of Richard Ross's holding.

Richard Ross sold a total of 17966 shares over the year at an average price of US$10.62. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NYSE:IRT Recent Insider Trading, August 21st 2019

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Does Independence Realty Trust Boast High Insider Ownership?

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. It appears that Independence Realty Trust insiders own 1.4% of the company, worth about US$18m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

So What Do The Independence Realty Trust Insider Transactions Indicate?

An insider hasn't bought Independence Realty Trust stock in the last three months, but there was some selling. And even if we look to the last year, we didn't see any purchases. On the plus side, Independence Realty Trust makes money, and is growing profits. Insiders own shares, but we're still pretty cautious, given the history of sales. We're in no rush to buy! Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Independence Realty Trust.

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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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