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Should You Be Worried About Insider Transactions At Acacia Research Corporation (NASDAQ:ACTG)?

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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 we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Acacia Research Corporation (NASDAQ:ACTG).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

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, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. 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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Acacia Research Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the , Robert Stewart, sold US$167k worth of shares at a price of US$3.61 per share. So we know that an insider sold shares at around the present share price of US$3.19. We generally don't like to see insider selling, but the lower the sale price, the more it concerns us. Given that the sale took place at around current prices, it makes us a little cautious but is hardly a major concern. Robert Stewart was the only individual insider to sell shares in the last twelve months.

You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NasdaqGS:ACTG Recent Insider Trading, April 22nd 2019

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Insiders at Acacia Research Have Bought Stock Recently

Over the last three months, we've seen a bit of insider buying at Acacia Research. Chief Intellectual Property Officer Marc Booth purchased US$31k worth of shares in that period. It's good to see the insider buying, as well as the lack of recent sellers. But the amount invested in the last three months isn't enough for us too put much weight on it, as a single factor.

Does Acacia Research Boast High Insider Ownership?

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Our data indicates that Acacia Research insiders own about US$6.3m worth of shares (which is 3.9% of the company). Whilst better than nothing, we're not overly impressed by these holdings.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Acacia Research Tell Us?

We note a that there has been a bit of insider buying recently (but no selling). That said, the purchases were not large. Our analysis of Acacia Research insider transactions leaves us unenthusiastic. We also note that, as far as we can see, insider ownership is fairly low, compared to other companies. To put this in context, take a look at how a company has performed in the past. You can access this detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow .

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