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Should You Be Worried About Insider Transactions At Tapestry, Inc. (NYSE:TPR)?

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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. 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 Tapestry, Inc. (NYSE:TPR).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

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. 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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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Tapestry

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by Ian Bickley for US$515k worth of shares, at about US$52.16 per share. That is hardly a positive sign, even though it took place above the latest price (US$33.54). So it is hard to draw any strong conclusion from it. Ian Bickley was the only individual insider to sell shares in the last twelve months.

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:TPR Recent Insider Trading, March 11th 2019

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Insider Ownership

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Tapestry insiders own about US$21m worth of shares. That equates to 0.2% of the company. 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 Tapestry Tell Us?

The fact that there have been no Tapestry insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. We don’t take much encouragement from the transactions by Tapestry insiders. But we do like the fact that insiders own a fair chunk of the company. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Tapestry, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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