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Read This Before Selling OptiNose, Inc. (NASDAQ:OPTN) 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 before you buy or sell OptiNose, Inc. (NASDAQ:OPTN), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

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 would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. 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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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At OptiNose

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when CEO & Director Peter Miller bought US$77k worth of shares at a price of US$7.68 per share. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, at around the current price, which is US$8.64. That means they have been optimistic about the company in the past, though they may have changed their mind. If someone buys shares at well below current prices, it's a good sign on balance, but keep in mind they may no longer see value. In this case we're pleased to report that the insider purchases were made at close to current prices.

In the last twelve months insiders purchased 22530 shares for US$178k. On the other hand they divested 2000 shares, for US$16k. Overall, OptiNose insiders were net buyers last year. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NasdaqGS:OPTN Recent Insider Trading, December 10th 2019

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OptiNose Insiders Bought Stock Recently

It's good to see that OptiNose insiders have made notable investments in the company's shares. Chairman of the Board Joseph Scodari spent US$50k on stock, and there wasn't any selling. This could be interpreted as suggesting a positive outlook.

Insider Ownership of OptiNose

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. It appears that OptiNose insiders own 4.8% of the company, worth about US$19m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

What Might The Insider Transactions At OptiNose Tell Us?

It's certainly positive to see the recent insider purchase. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. But on the other hand, the company made a loss last year, which makes us a little cautious. Given that insiders also own a fair bit of OptiNose we think they are probably pretty confident of a bright future. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for OptiNose.

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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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