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Who Has Been Selling Trinity Industries, Inc. (NYSE:TRN) Shares?

Felix Olson

We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. The flip side of that is that there are more than a few examples of insiders dumping stock prior to a period of weak performance. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Trinity Industries, Inc. (NYSE:TRN).

What Is Insider Buying?

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.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. 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 Trinity Industries

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when Senior VP and Group President of the Construction Products William McWhirter sold US$523k worth of shares at a price of US$33.49 per share. Although we don’t gain confidence from insider selling, we note that this large sale was at well above current price of US$21.66. So it may not tell us anything about how insiders feel about the current share price. William McWhirter was the only individual insider to sell over 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!

NYSE:TRN Insider Trading January 8th 19

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Does Trinity Industries Boast High Insider Ownership?

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Insiders own 2.3% of Trinity Industries shares, worth about US$72m. 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 Trinity Industries Insider Transactions Indicate?

The fact that there have been no Trinity Industries insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. We don’t take much encouragement from the transactions by Trinity Industries insiders. 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 Trinity Industries.

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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.