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Read This Before Selling Tritax Big Box REIT plc (LON:BBOX) Shares

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. On the other hand, we'd be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So before you buy or sell Tritax Big Box REIT plc (LON:BBOX), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

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 in the company. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

We don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. For example, a Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.

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Tritax Big Box REIT Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when insider Mark Glenn Shaw bought UK£262k worth of shares at a price of UK£1.44 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of UK£1.42. 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. In our view, the price an insider pays for shares is very important. Generally speaking, it catches our eye when insiders have purchased shares at above current prices, as it suggests they believed the shares were worth buying, even at a higher price.

While Tritax Big Box REIT insiders bought shares last year, they didn't sell. 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!

LSE:BBOX Recent Insider Trading, January 18th 2020

There are always plenty of stocks that insiders are buying. So if that suits your style you could check each stock one by one or you could take a look at this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).

Insider Ownership of Tritax Big Box REIT

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Insiders own 0.4% of Tritax Big Box REIT shares, worth about UK£9.0m. 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 Does This Data Suggest About Tritax Big Box REIT Insiders?

It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded Tritax Big Box REIT shares in the last quarter. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. The transactions are fine but it'd be more encouraging if Tritax Big Box REIT insiders bought more shares in the company. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Tritax Big Box REIT.

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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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