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Should You Be Worried About Insider Transactions At Pinnacle West Capital Corporation (NYSE:PNW)?

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 Pinnacle West Capital Corporation (NYSE:PNW).

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 in the company. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. 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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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Pinnacle West Capital

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the Chairman, Donald Brandt, for US$2.8m worth of shares, at about US$92.85 per share. That means that an insider was selling shares at around the current price of US$92.49. 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).

We note that in the last year insiders divested 78874 shares for a total of US$7.3m. Insiders in Pinnacle West Capital didn't buy any shares in the last year. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NYSE:PNW Recent Insider Trading, August 5th 2019

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Insiders at Pinnacle West Capital Have Sold Stock Recently

The last three months saw significant insider selling at Pinnacle West Capital. In total, Director Michael Gallagher dumped US$480k worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any purchases whatsoever. This may suggest that some insiders think that the shares are not cheap.

Does Pinnacle West Capital Boast High 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 0.4% of Pinnacle West Capital shares, worth about US$42m. 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 Pinnacle West Capital Insider Transactions Indicate?

An insider sold Pinnacle West Capital shares recently, but they didn't buy any. And even if we look to the last year, we didn't see any purchases. But it is good to see that Pinnacle West Capital is growing earnings. Insider ownership isn't particularly high, so this analysis makes us cautious about the company. We're in no rush to buy! Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Pinnacle West Capital, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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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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