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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in FireEye, Inc. ( NASDAQ:FEYE ).
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, 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. 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'.
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At FireEye
In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the President, Travis Reese, sold US$1.7m worth of shares at a price of US$16.71 per share. While insider selling is a negative, to us, it is more negative if the shares are sold at a lower price. It's of some comfort that this sale was conducted at a price well above the current share price, which is US$13.51. So it may not tell us anything about how insiders feel about the current share price.
Over the last year, we note insiders sold 327k shares worth US$5.3m. Insiders in FireEye didn't buy any shares in the last year. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!
I will like FireEye better if I see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.
FireEye Insiders Are Selling The Stock
The last quarter saw substantial insider selling of FireEye shares. In total, insiders dumped US$682k worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any purchases whatsoever. In light of this it's hard to argue that all the insiders think that the shares are a bargain.
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. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Insiders own 2.6% of FireEye shares, worth about US$74m. 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 FireEye Tell Us?
Insiders haven't bought FireEye stock in the last three months, but there was some selling. And there weren't any purchases to give us comfort, over the last year. While insiders do own shares, they don't own a heap, and they have been selling. We're in no rush to buy! Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for FireEye .
But note: FireEye 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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