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Should You Be Worried About Insider Transactions At Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ:TSCO)?

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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 before you buy or sell Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ:TSCO), 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.

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

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the insider, Steve Barbarick, for US$2.1m worth of shares, at about US$104 per share. So we know that an insider sold shares at around the present share price of US$97.01. While insider selling is a negative, to us, it is more negative if the shares are sold at a lower price. Given that the sale took place at around current prices, it makes us a little cautious but is hardly a major concern.

We note that in the last year insiders divested 23946 shares for a total of US$2.5m. Tractor Supply insiders didn't buy any shares over the last year. 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!

NasdaqGS:TSCO Recent Insider Trading, October 31st 2019

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Insider Ownership

I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Insiders own 0.4% of Tractor Supply shares, worth about US$50m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it's enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Tractor Supply Insiders?

It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded Tractor Supply shares in the last quarter. We don't take much encouragement from the transactions by Tractor Supply insiders. The modest level of insider ownership is, at least, some comfort. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Tractor Supply.

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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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