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Should You Be Worried About Insider Transactions At The TJX Companies, Inc. (NYSE:TJX)?

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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 we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in The TJX Companies, Inc. (NYSE:TJX).

What Is Insider Buying?

It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. 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 equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At TJX Companies

CEO, President & Director Ernie Herrman made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$1.1m worth of shares at a price of US$41.13 each. So it’s clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even below the current price of US$52.02. While their view may have changed since they sold, this isn’t a particularly bullish sign. We generally consider it a negative if insiders have been selling on market, especially if they did so below the current price. It is worth noting that this sale was only 9% of Ernie Herrman’s holding.

We note that in the last year insiders divested 51.11k shares for a total of US$2.1m. Over the last year we saw more insider selling of TJX Companies shares, than buying. The average sell price was around US$41.78. We don’t gain much confidence from insider selling near the recent share price. While some insiders have decided to take some money off the table, we wouldn’t put too much weight on this fact. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NYSE:TJX Recent Insider Trading, March 4th 2019

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Does TJX Companies 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. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. TJX Companies insiders own about US$54m worth of shares. That equates to 0.08% of the company. 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 TJX Companies Tell Us?

There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. Still, the insider transactions at TJX Companies in the last 12 months are not very heartening. The modest level of insider ownership is, at least, some comfort. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in TJX Companies, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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