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Read This Before Selling Ocular Therapeutix, Inc. (NASDAQ:OCUL) 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 we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Ocular Therapeutix, Inc. (NASDAQ:OCUL).

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, 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. For example, a Columbia University study found that 'insiders are more likely to engage in open market purchases of their own company’s stock when the firm is about to reveal new agreements with customers and suppliers'.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Ocular Therapeutix

insider Amarpreet Sawhney made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$363k worth of shares at a price of US$3.02 each. Even though the purchase was made at a significantly lower price than the recent price (US$4.51), we still think insider buying is a positive. While it does suggest insiders consider the stock undervalued at lower prices, this transaction doesn't tell us much about what they think of current prices.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 377k shares worth US$1.4m. In the last twelve months Ocular Therapeutix insiders were buying shares, but not selling. Their average price was about US$3.67. 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. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NasdaqGM:OCUL Recent Insider Trading, August 14th 2019

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Ocular Therapeutix Insiders Bought Stock Recently

Over the last three months, we've seen significant insider buying at Ocular Therapeutix. Overall, five insiders shelled out US$669k for shares in the company -- and none sold. That shows some optimism about the company's future.

Insider Ownership of Ocular Therapeutix

I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with 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. Ocular Therapeutix insiders own about US$13m worth of shares. That equates to 6.3% of the company. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

So What Do The Ocular Therapeutix Insider Transactions Indicate?

It is good to see recent purchasing. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. However, we note that the company didn't make a profit over the last twelve months, which makes us cautious. Insiders likely see value in Ocular Therapeutix shares, given these transactions (along with notable insider ownership of the company). Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Ocular Therapeutix, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

But note: Ocular Therapeutix 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.

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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