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Should You Be Worried About Insider Transactions At PDC Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:PDCE)?

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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. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in PDC Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:PDCE).

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, 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. For example, a Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.'

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PDC Energy Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

The , Daniel Amidon, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$507k worth of shares at a price of US$63.07 each. We generally don't like to see insider selling, but the lower the sale price, the more it concerns us. The silver lining is that this sell-down took place above the latest price (US$37.59). So it may not shed much light on insider confidence at current levels.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 1330 shares worth US$54k. On the other hand they divested 37200 shares, for US$2.0m. Over the last year we saw more insider selling of PDC Energy shares, than buying. 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!

NasdaqGS:PDCE Recent Insider Trading, May 13th 2019

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PDC Energy Insiders Are Selling The Stock

Over the last three months, we've seen notably more insider selling, than insider buying, at PDC Energy. We note insiders cashed in US$285k worth of shares. On the flip side, insiders spent US$54k on purchasing shares (as mentioned above). Generally this level of net selling might be considered a bit bearish.

Insider Ownership

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Insiders own 0.7% of PDC Energy shares, worth about US$16m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

What Might The Insider Transactions At PDC Energy Tell Us?

The insider sales have outweighed the insider buying, at PDC Energy, in the last three months. Despite some insider buying, the longer term picture doesn't make us feel much more positive. Insider ownership isn't particularly high, so this analysis makes us cautious about the company. We're in no rush to buy! 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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