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Who Has Been Selling Coca-Cola Consolidated, Inc. (NASDAQ:COKE) Shares?

Simply Wall St

We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. 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 Coca-Cola Consolidated, Inc. (NASDAQ:COKE).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

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 it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. 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'.

See our latest analysis for Coca-Cola Consolidated

The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Coca-Cola Consolidated

The Independent Director, John Murrey, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$380k worth of shares at a price of US$381 each. While we don't usually like to see insider selling, it's more concerning if the sales take place at a lower price. It's of some comfort that this sale was conducted at a price well above the current share price, which is US$301. So it is hard to draw any strong conclusion from it. John Murrey was the only individual insider to sell shares in the last twelve months.

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:COKE Recent Insider Trading, September 30th 2019
NasdaqGS:COKE Recent Insider Trading, September 30th 2019

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Insider Ownership of Coca-Cola Consolidated

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Our data isn't picking up on much insider ownership at Coca-Cola Consolidated, though insiders do hold about US$30k worth of shares. It's always possible we are missing something but from our data, it looks like insider ownership is minimal.

So What Do The Coca-Cola Consolidated Insider Transactions Indicate?

The fact that there have been no Coca-Cola Consolidated insider transactions recently certainly doesn't bother us. The insider transactions at Coca-Cola Consolidated are not inspiring us to buy. We also note that, as far as we can see, insider ownership is fairly low, compared to other companies. To put this in context, take a look at how a company has performed in the past. You can access this detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

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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.

We aim to bring you long-term focused research analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material.

If you spot an error that warrants correction, please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com. This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. Simply Wall St has no position in the stocks mentioned. Thank you for reading.