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Are Insiders Selling Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated (NASDAQ:SYKE) Stock?

Andrew Edmonds

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated ( NASDAQ:SYKE ).

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, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

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.’

See our latest analysis for Sykes Enterprises

Sykes Enterprises Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when Executive VP and GM of North America & EMEA Lawrence Zingale sold US$487k worth of shares at a price of US$29.05 per share. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of US$28.34. They might be selling for a variety of reasons, but it’s hard to argue this is a bullish sign. We generally tread carefully if insiders have been selling on market, even if they sold slightly above the current price.

We note that in the last year insiders divested 43.58k shares for a total of US$1.3m. Over the last year we saw more insider selling of Sykes Enterprises shares, than buying. They sold for an average price of about US$30.12. 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 want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NASDAQGS:SYKE Insider Trading February 11th 19

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Sykes Enterprises Insiders Are Selling The Stock

Over the last three months, we’ve seen significant insider selling at Sykes Enterprises. In total, Executive VP James Holder sold US$68k worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any purchases whatsoever. Overall this makes us a bit cautious, but it’s not the be all and end all.

Does Sykes Enterprises 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. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Insiders own 6.9% of Sykes Enterprises shares, worth about US$83m. 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 Sykes Enterprises Tell Us?

An insider sold Sykes Enterprises shares recently, but they didn’t buy any. And there weren’t any purchases to give us comfort, over the last year. Insider ownership isn’t particularly high, so this analysis makes us cautious about the company. We’re in no rush to buy! 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 .

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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com .