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Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:REGN) Insiders Have Been Selling

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:REGN).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

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 Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.'

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Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

The Director, Joseph Goldstein, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$306k worth of shares at a price of US$306 each. So it's clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even slightly below the current price of US$307. When an insider sells below the current price, it suggests that they considered that lower price to be fair. That makes us wonder what they think of the (higher) recent valuation. While insider selling is not a positive sign, we can't be sure if it does mean insiders think the shares are fully valued, so it's only a weak sign. It is worth noting that this sale was only 8.3% of Joseph Goldstein's holding.

In the last twelve months insiders netted US$308k for 1006 shares sold. In the last year Regeneron Pharmaceuticals insiders didn't buy any company stock. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NasdaqGS:REGN Recent Insider Trading, June 12th 2019

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Insiders at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Have Sold Stock Recently

The last three months saw significant insider selling at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. In total, Joseph Goldstein dumped US$306k worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any purchases whatsoever. In light of this it's hard to argue that all the insiders think that the shares are a bargain.

Insider Ownership of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. It's great to see that Regeneron Pharmaceuticals insiders own 4.2% of the company, worth about US$1.4b. Most shareholders would be happy to see this sort of insider ownership, since it suggests that management incentives are well aligned with other shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Tell Us?

An insider sold Regeneron Pharmaceuticals shares recently, but they didn't buy any. Looking to the last twelve months, our data doesn't show any insider buying. But it is good to see that Regeneron Pharmaceuticals is growing earnings. The company boasts high insider ownership, but we're a little hesitant, given the history of share sales. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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