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Should You Be Worried About Insider Transactions At Nielsen Holdings plc (NYSE:NLSN)?

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 before you buy or sell Nielsen Holdings plc (NYSE:NLSN), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Buying?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. For example, a Columbia University study found that 'insiders are more likely to engage in open market purchases of their own company’s stock when the firm is about to reveal new agreements with customers and suppliers'.

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Nielsen Holdings Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

The insider, Jeffrey Charlton, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$174k worth of shares at a price of US$27.46 each. While we don't usually like to see insider selling, it's more concerning if the sales take place at a lower price. The good news is that this large sale was at well above current price of US$22.46. So it is hard to draw any strong conclusion from it. The only individual insider seller over the last year was Jeffrey Charlton.

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!

NYSE:NLSN Recent Insider Trading, September 16th 2019

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Does Nielsen Holdings Boast High Insider Ownership?

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Insiders own 0.1% of Nielsen Holdings shares, worth about US$7.7m, according to our data. Overall, this level of ownership isn't that impressive, but it's certainly better than nothing!

So What Do The Nielsen Holdings Insider Transactions Indicate?

It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded Nielsen Holdings shares in the last quarter. We don't take much encouragement from the transactions by Nielsen Holdings insiders. And we're not picking up on high enough insider ownership to give us any comfort. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Nielsen Holdings.

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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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