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Read This Before Selling Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. (NYSE:ETH) 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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. (NYSE:ETH).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

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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Ethan Allen Interiors Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Chairman of the Board M. Kathwari for US$195k worth of shares, at about US$19.50 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at around the current price of US$21.04. While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company's future. We do always like to see insider buying, but it is worth noting if those purchases were made at well below today's share price, as the discount to value may have narrowed with the rising price. The good news for Ethan Allen Interiors share holders is that insiders were buying at near the current price.

In the last twelve months insiders paid US$234k for 12000 shares purchased. Ethan Allen Interiors may have bought shares in the last year, but they didn't sell any. 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:ETH Recent Insider Trading, July 18th 2019

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Insider Ownership of Ethan Allen Interiors

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. 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 7.6% of Ethan Allen Interiors shares, worth about US$43m. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Ethan Allen Interiors Tell Us?

There haven't been any insider transactions in the last three months -- that doesn't mean much. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. Overall we don't see anything to make us think Ethan Allen Interiors insiders are doubting the company, and they do own shares. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Ethan Allen Interiors.

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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.

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