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Who Has Been Selling Toll Brothers, Inc. (NYSE:TOL) 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 we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Toll Brothers, Inc. (NYSE:TOL).

What Is Insider Buying?

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.

We don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. 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 Toll Brothers

The Director, Paul Shapiro, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$178k worth of shares at a price of US$32.19 each. That means that even when the share price was below the current price of US$36.27, 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. This single sale was just 4.9% of Paul Shapiro's stake.

All up, insiders sold more shares in Toll Brothers than they bought, over the last year. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NYSE:TOL Recent Insider Trading, July 19th 2019

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Toll Brothers Insiders Are Selling The Stock

The last three months saw significant insider selling at Toll Brothers. In total, Director Carl Marbach sold US$105k 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 Toll Brothers 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. It's great to see that Toll Brothers insiders own 8.2% of the company, worth about US$427m. This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Toll Brothers Tell Us?

An insider hasn't bought Toll Brothers stock in the last three months, but there was some selling. And our longer term analysis of insider transactions didn't bring confidence, either. But it is good to see that Toll Brothers is growing earnings. The company boasts high insider ownership, but we're a little hesitant, given the history of share sales. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Toll Brothers, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.

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