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Read This Before Selling Arlo Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:ARLO) Shares

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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 before you buy or sell Arlo Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:ARLO), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Buying?

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.

We don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. 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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Arlo Technologies Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

C. Lo made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$400k worth of shares at a price of US$16.00 each. That means that even when the share price was higher than US$3.88 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. It's very possible they regret the purchase, but it's more likely they are bullish about the company. To us, it's very important to consider the price insiders pay for shares is very important. It is generally more encouraging if they paid above the current price, as it suggests they saw value, even at higher levels.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders bought 133k shares for a total of US$1.0m. While Arlo Technologies insiders bought shares last year, they didn't sell. They paid about US$7.79 on average. I'd consider this a positive as it suggests insiders see value at around the current price. 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:ARLO Recent Insider Trading, May 24th 2019

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Arlo Technologies Insiders Bought Stock Recently

It's good to see that Arlo Technologies insiders have made notable investments in the company's shares. Not only was there no selling that we can see, but they collectively bought US$413k worth of shares. This makes one think the business has some good points.

Insider Ownership of Arlo Technologies

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Insiders own 1.9% of Arlo Technologies shares, worth about US$5.4m, according to our data. We do generally prefer see higher levels of insider ownership.

So What Do The Arlo Technologies Insider Transactions Indicate?

The recent insider purchases are heartening. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. But we don't feel the same about the fact the company is making losses. We would certainly prefer see higher levels of insider ownership but analysis of the insider transactions suggests that Arlo Technologies insiders are expecting a bright future. 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.

But note: Arlo Technologies may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.

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