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Read This Before Buying Intra-Cellular Therapies, Inc. (NASDAQ:ITCI) Shares

Amar Chadha

We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. 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 Intra-Cellular Therapies, Inc. (NASDAQ:ITCI).

What Is Insider Selling?

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.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. 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’.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Intra-Cellular Therapies

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by Director Joel Marcus for US$582k worth of shares, at about US$18.24 per share. While the sale doesn’t make us feel confident, we do note it was conducted at a price well above the current share price, which is US$12.00. So it may not tell us anything about how insiders feel about the current share price. Joel Marcus was the only individual insider to sell shares in the last twelve months.

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!

NasdaqGS:ITCI Insider Trading January 23rd 19

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Insider Ownership of Intra-Cellular Therapies

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. It appears that Intra-Cellular Therapies insiders own 6.3% of the company, worth about US$43m. 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 Intra-Cellular Therapies Tell Us?

An insider sold Intra-Cellular Therapies shares recently, but they didn’t buy any. And even if we look to the last year, we didn’t see any purchases. While insiders do own shares, they don’t own a heap, and they have been selling. We’re in no rush to buy! If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

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