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Read This Before Buying Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:ULH) Shares

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:ULH).

What Is Insider Selling?

It's quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. 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 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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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Universal Logistics Holdings

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the Independent Director, H. Wolfe, for US$355k worth of shares, at about US$35.25 per share. While insider selling is a negative, to us, it is more negative if the shares are sold at a lower price. The good news is that this large sale was at well above current price of US$22.87. So it may not shed much light on insider confidence at current levels. H. Wolfe was the only individual insider to sell over the last year.

The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NasdaqGS:ULH Recent Insider Trading, May 12th 2019

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Insider Ownership

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Universal Logistics Holdings insiders own 70% of the company, currently worth about US$461m based on the recent share price. 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 Universal Logistics Holdings Tell Us?

It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded Universal Logistics Holdings shares in the last quarter. It's great to see high levels of insider ownership, but looking back at the last year, we don't gain confidence from the Universal Logistics Holdings insiders selling. 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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