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Should You Take Comfort From Insider Transactions At Wyndham Hotels Resorts, Inc. (NYSE:WH)?

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. 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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc. ( NYSE:WH ).

What Is Insider Buying?

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, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

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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Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when President Geoffrey Ballotti bought US$615k worth of shares at a price of US$61.48 per share. That means that even when the share price was higher than US$55.39 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company's future. We always take careful note of the price insiders pay when purchasing shares. As a general rule, we feel more positive about a stock if insiders have bought shares at above current prices, because that suggests they viewed the stock as good value, even at a higher price.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid US$815k for 13669 shares. But they sold 879 for US$53k. In total, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts insiders bought more than they sold over the last year. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NYSE:WH Recent Insider Trading, May 20th 2019

There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.

Insider Ownership of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Insiders own 1.3% of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts shares, worth about US$69m. 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 Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Tell Us?

It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded Wyndham Hotels & Resorts shares in the last quarter. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. Insiders own shares in Wyndham Hotels & Resorts and we see no evidence to suggest they are worried about the future. 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 .

But note: Wyndham Hotels & Resorts may not be the best stock to buy . So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.

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