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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 we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Dixons Carphone plc (LON:DC.).
What Is Insider Selling?
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 logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. For example, a Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.'
Dixons Carphone Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Group Chief Executive & Director Alex Baldock bought UK£171k worth of shares at a price of UK£1.14 per share. That implies that an insider found the current price of UK£1.14 per share to be enticing. Of course they may have changed their mind. But this suggests they are optimistic. We do always like to see insider buying, but it is worth noting if those purchases were made at well below today's share price, as the discount to value may have narrowed with the rising price. In this case we're pleased to report that the insider purchases were made at close to current prices.
Happily, we note that in the last year insiders bought 489k shares for a total of UK£556k. Dixons Carphone 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. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!
There are always plenty of stocks that insiders are buying. So if that suits your style you could check each stock one by one or you could take a look at this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).
Insiders at Dixons Carphone Have Bought Stock Recently
It's good to see that Dixons Carphone insiders have made notable investments in the company's shares. In total, insiders bought UK£556k worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any sales whatsoever. This makes one think the business has some good points.
For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. It's great to see that Dixons Carphone insiders own 15% of the company, worth about UK£193m. 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 Dixons Carphone Tell Us?
It's certainly positive to see the recent insider purchases. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. But we don't feel the same about the fact the company is making losses. Once you factor in the high insider ownership, it certainly seems like insiders are positive about Dixons Carphone. Looks promising! Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Dixons Carphone.
But note: Dixons Carphone 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.
For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.
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