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Read This Before Selling Arcosa, Inc. (NYSE:ACA) 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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Arcosa, Inc. (NYSE:ACA).

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, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

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

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Arcosa Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

President Antonio Carrillo made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$291k worth of shares at a price of US$29.10 each. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at around the current price. Of course they may have changed their mind. But this suggests they are optimistic. Nonetheless, we consider it positive if insiders want to buy at around the current share price.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 13.57k shares worth US$391k. Overall, Arcosa insiders were net buyers last year. The average buy price was around US$28.80. It’s great to see insiders putting their own cash into the company’s stock, albeit at below the recent share price (US$33.93). You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NYSE:ACA Recent Insider Trading, March 4th 2019

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Insider Ownership of Arcosa

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. It appears that Arcosa insiders own 0.7% of the company, worth about US$11m. 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 Arcosa Insider Transactions Indicate?

There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. Overall we don’t see anything to make us think Arcosa insiders are doubting the company, and they do own shares. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Arcosa, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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