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Read This Before Selling Corvus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRVS) Shares

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So before you buy or sell Corvus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRVS), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. 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.

Check out our latest analysis for Corvus Pharmaceuticals

The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Corvus Pharmaceuticals

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Chief Financial Officer Leiv Lea for US$102k worth of shares, at about US$4.15 per share. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price than the current share price (being US$3.67). It's very possible they regret the purchase, but it's more likely they are bullish about the company. In our view, the price an insider pays for shares is very important. As a general rule, we feel more positive about a stock if insiders have bought shares at above current prices, because that suggests they viewed the stock as good value, even at a higher price.

While Corvus Pharmaceuticals insiders bought shares last year, they didn't sell. They paid about US$3.59 on average. These transactions show that insiders have confidence to invest their own money in the stock, albeit at slightly below the recent 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!

NasdaqGM:CRVS Recent Insider Trading, December 17th 2019
NasdaqGM:CRVS Recent Insider Trading, December 17th 2019

Corvus Pharmaceuticals is not the only stock insiders are buying. So take a peek at this free list of growing companies with insider buying.

Insiders at Corvus Pharmaceuticals Have Bought Stock Recently

We saw some Corvus Pharmaceuticals insider buying shares in the last three months. Co-Founder Richard Miller purchased US$45k worth of shares in that period. It's good to see the insider buying, as well as the lack of recent sellers. But in this case the amount purchased means the recent transaction may not be very meaningful on its own.

Insider Ownership of Corvus Pharmaceuticals

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. Insiders own 6.5% of Corvus Pharmaceuticals shares, worth about US$7.0m, according to our data. We do generally prefer see higher levels of insider ownership.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Corvus Pharmaceuticals Tell Us?

Insider purchases may have been minimal, in the last three months, but there was no selling at all. The net investment is not enough to encourage us much. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. The transactions are fine but it'd be more encouraging if Corvus Pharmaceuticals insiders bought more shares in the company. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Corvus Pharmaceuticals, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies.

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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