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Read This Before Buying NBT Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ:NBTB) Shares

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. On the other hand, we'd be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So before you buy or sell NBT Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ:NBTB), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock in the company. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. 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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NBT Bancorp Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Senior Executive VP & CFO, Michael Chewens, sold US$192k worth of shares at a price of US$37.69 per share. That means that an insider was selling shares at around the current price of US$37.55. While we don't usually like to see insider selling, it's more concerning if the sales take place at a lower price. In this case, the big sale took place at around the current price, so it's not too bad (but it's still not a positive). Michael Chewens was the only individual insider to sell shares in the last twelve months.

Michael Chewens sold a total of 9737 shares over the year at an average price of US$37.04. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NasdaqGS:NBTB Recent Insider Trading, September 13th 2019

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Does NBT Bancorp Boast High Insider Ownership?

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. NBT Bancorp insiders own about US$29m worth of shares. That equates to 1.7% 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 NBT Bancorp Insider Transactions Indicate?

It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded NBT Bancorp shares in the last quarter. We don't take much encouragement from the transactions by NBT Bancorp insiders. 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 NBT Bancorp.

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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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