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Who Has Been Selling Luminex Corporation (NASDAQ:LMNX) Shares?

Liliana Gabriel

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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Luminex Corporation (NASDAQ:LMNX).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. 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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Luminex Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by Chairman George Loewenbaum for US$820k worth of shares, at about US$27.34 per share. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of US$26.35. They might be selling for a variety of reasons, but it’s hard to argue this is a bullish sign. We usually pause to reflect on the potential that a stock has a high valuation, if insiders have been selling at around the current price.

Over the last year, we note insiders sold 40.16k shares worth US$1.1m. Over the last year we saw more insider selling of Luminex shares, than buying. The sellers received a price of around US$27.44, on average. We don’t gain much confidence from insider selling near the recent share price. Since insiders sell for many reasons, we wouldn’t put too much weight on it. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NasdaqGS:LMNX Insider Trading January 23rd 19

I will like Luminex better if I see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.

Does Luminex Boast High Insider Ownership?

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. It appears that Luminex insiders own 6.5% of the company, worth about US$77m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it’s enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Luminex Insiders?

The fact that there have been no Luminex insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. Our analysis of Luminex insider transactions leaves us cautious. The modest level of insider ownership is, at least, some comfort. If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.