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Who Has Been Selling CyrusOne Inc. (NASDAQ:CONE) Shares?

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in CyrusOne Inc. (NASDAQ:CONE).

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.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.'

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At CyrusOne

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Executive VP & Chief Technology Officer, Kevin Timmons, sold US$1.0m worth of shares at a price of US$51.56 per share. So it's clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even below the current price of US$64.71. 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. However, while insider selling is sometimes discouraging, it's only a weak signal. We note that the biggest single sale was only 13.6% of Kevin Timmons's holding. The only individual insider seller over the last year was Kevin Timmons.

In the last twelve months insiders purchased 6955 shares for US$349k. But insiders sold 29400 shares worth US$1.5m. Kevin Timmons sold a total of 29400 shares over the year at an average price of US$50.76. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NasdaqGS:CONE Recent Insider Trading, August 16th 2019

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Does CyrusOne Boast High Insider Ownership?

I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with insiders. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Insiders own 1.0% of CyrusOne shares, worth about US$73m. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

So What Do The CyrusOne Insider Transactions Indicate?

It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded CyrusOne shares in the last quarter. Still, the insider transactions at CyrusOne in the last 12 months are not very heartening. But we do like the fact that insiders own a fair chunk of the company. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for CyrusOne.

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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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