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Read This Before Selling Sigma Labs, Inc. (NASDAQ:SGLB) Shares

Brent Freeman

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 we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Sigma Labs, Inc. (NASDAQ:SGLB).

What Is Insider Selling?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock on the market. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. For example, a Colombia 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 Sigma Labs

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Carl Schwartz for US$500k worth of shares, at about US$1.03 per share. That implies that an insider found the current (approximate) price enticing. That means they have been optimistic about the company in the past, though they may have changed their mind. Nonetheless, we consider it positive if insiders want to buy at around the current share price. Carl Schwartz was the only individual insider to buy shares in the last twelve months.

Carl Schwartz purchased 644.10k shares over the year. The average price per share was US$0.97. You can see the insider transactions over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NasdaqCM:SGLB Insider Trading December 21st 18

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Insider Ownership of Sigma Labs

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Sigma Labs insiders own about US$2.3m worth of shares (which is 20% of the company). I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Sigma Labs Tell Us?

The fact that there have been no Sigma Labs insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. Insiders do have a stake in Sigma Labs and their transactions don’t cause us concern. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Sigma Labs, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.