We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. The flip side of that is that there are more than a few examples of insiders dumping stock prior to a period of weak performance. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in easyJet plc (LON:EZJ).
Do Insider Transactions Matter?
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 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.
easyJet Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
CEO & Director Johan Lundgren made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for UK£181k worth of shares at a price of UK£9.07 each. Even though the purchase was made at a significantly lower price than the recent price (UK£15.09), we still think insider buying is a positive. While it does suggest insiders consider the stock undervalued at lower prices, this transaction doesn't tell us much about what they think of current prices.
easyJet insiders may have bought shares in the last year, but they didn't sell any. 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!
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 easyJet
Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. It's great to see that easyJet insiders own 33% of the company, worth about UK£2.0b. This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.
What Might The Insider Transactions At easyJet Tell Us?
It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded easyJet shares in the last quarter. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. With high insider ownership and encouraging transactions, it seems like easyJet insiders think the business has merit. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for easyJet.
Of course easyJet may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of high quality companies.
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