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Who Has Been Selling O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. (NASDAQ:ORLY) 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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. (NASDAQ:ORLY).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

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. 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 O'Reilly Automotive

The Executive Chairman, David O'Reilly, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$22m worth of shares at a price of US$284 each. That means that even when the share price was below the current price of US$374, an insider wanted to cash in some shares. We generally consider it a negative if insiders have been selling on market, especially if they did so below the current price, because it implies that they considered a lower price to be reasonable. However, while insider selling is sometimes discouraging, it's only a weak signal. It is worth noting that this sale was only 8.6% of David O'Reilly's holding.

In the last twelve months insiders netted US$76m for 232k shares sold. O'Reilly Automotive insiders didn't buy any shares over the last year. 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:ORLY Recent Insider Trading, June 4th 2019

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O'Reilly Automotive Insiders Are Selling The Stock

Over the last three months, we've seen significant insider selling at O'Reilly Automotive. In total, insiders sold US$15m 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.

Insider Ownership of O'Reilly Automotive

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. O'Reilly Automotive insiders own 2.0% of the company, currently worth about US$575m based on the recent share price. This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.

So What Do The O'Reilly Automotive Insider Transactions Indicate?

Insiders sold stock recently, but they haven't been buying. Looking to the last twelve months, our data doesn't show any insider buying. On the plus side, O'Reilly Automotive makes money, and is growing profits. While insiders do own a lot of shares in the company (which is good), our analysis of their transactions doesn't make us feel confident about the company. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in O'Reilly Automotive, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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