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Who Has Been Selling Emmis Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:EMMS) Shares?

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We've lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. 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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Emmis Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:EMMS).

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, 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 equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. As Peter Lynch said, 'insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.'

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Emmis Communications

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the Chairman & CEO, Jeffrey Smulyan, for US$269k worth of shares, at about US$4.34 per share. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of US$3.72. We generally don't like to see insider selling, but the lower the sale price, the more it concerns us. We note that this sale took place at around the current price, so it isn't a major concern, though it's hardly a good sign.

In the last twelve months insiders netted US$439k for 103k shares sold. Insiders in Emmis Communications didn't buy any shares in the last year. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NasdaqGS:EMMS Recent Insider Trading, April 8th 2019

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Emmis Communications Insiders Are Selling The Stock

The last quarter saw substantial insider selling of Emmis Communications shares. In total, President Patrick Walsh sold US$56k worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any purchases whatsoever. Overall this makes us a bit cautious, but it's not the be all and end all.

Does Emmis Communications Boast High Insider Ownership?

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 9.6% of Emmis Communications shares, worth about US$4.6m, according to our data. Overall, this level of ownership isn't that impressive, but it's certainly better than nothing!

So What Do The Emmis Communications Insider Transactions Indicate?

An insider sold stock recently, but they haven't been buying. And there weren't any purchases to give us comfort, over the last year. Insiders own relatively few shares in the company, and when you consider the sales, we're not particularly excited about the stock. So we're not rushing to buy, to say the least. Along with insider transactions, I recommend checking if Emmis Communications is growing revenue. This free chart of historic revenue and earnings should make that easy.

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