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Read This Before Buying Skechers U.S.A., Inc. (NYSE:SKX) 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 Skechers U.S.A., Inc. (NYSE:SKX), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

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. For example, a Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.'

See our latest analysis for Skechers U.S.A

Skechers U.S.A Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

The Co-Founder, Michael Greenberg, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$2.3m worth of shares at a price of US$33.01 each. That means that an insider was selling shares at below the current price (US$33.35). 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. This single sale was just 10.1% of Michael Greenberg's stake.

Over the last year, we note insiders sold 395k shares worth US$13m. In the last year Skechers U.S.A insiders didn't buy any company stock. 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:SKX Recent Insider Trading, August 6th 2019

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Skechers U.S.A Insiders Are Selling The Stock

The last quarter saw substantial insider selling of Skechers U.S.A shares. In total, insiders dumped US$154k worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any purchases whatsoever. In light of this it's hard to argue that all the insiders think that the shares are a bargain.

Does Skechers U.S.A Boast High Insider Ownership?

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. It's great to see that Skechers U.S.A insiders own 6.2% of the company, worth about US$323m. Most shareholders would be happy to see this sort of insider ownership, since it suggests that management incentives are well aligned with other shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Skechers U.S.A Tell Us?

Insiders sold Skechers U.S.A shares recently, but they didn't buy any. And even if we look to the last year, we didn't see any purchases. But since Skechers U.S.A is profitable and growing, we're not too worried by this. The company boasts high insider ownership, but we're a little hesitant, given the history of share sales. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Skechers U.S.A, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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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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