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Trade Alert: The Independent Director Of Northwest Natural Holding Company (NYSE:NWN), Malia Wasson, Has Just Spent US$65k Buying Shares

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Even if it's not a huge purchase, we think it was good to see that Malia Wasson, the Independent Director of Northwest Natural Holding Company (NYSE:NWN) recently shelled out US$65k to buy stock, at US$65.19 per share. While we're hesitant to get too excited about a purchase of that size, we do note it increased their holding by a solid 15%.

Check out our latest analysis for Northwest Natural Holding

Northwest Natural Holding Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Independent Director, Charles Gibson, sold US$114k worth of shares at a price of US$65.31 per share. That means that an insider was selling shares at around the current price of US$64.79. While insider selling is a negative, to us, it is more negative if the shares are sold at a lower price. In this case, the big sale took place at around the current price, so it's not too bad (but it's still not a positive).

Over the last year we saw more insider selling of Northwest Natural Holding shares, than buying. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NYSE:NWN Recent Insider Trading, November 11th 2019

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Does Northwest Natural Holding 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. It appears that Northwest Natural Holding insiders own 0.7% of the company, worth about US$14m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it's enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Northwest Natural Holding Tell Us?

Our data shows a little insider buying, but no selling, in the last three months. The net investment is not enough to encourage us much. We're a little cautious about the insider selling at Northwest Natural Holding. But we do like the fact that insiders own a fair chunk of the company. 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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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.

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