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Insiders probably made the right decision selling US$1.0m worth of shares earlier this year as Wells Fargo & Company's (NYSE:WFC)) stock dips by 8.8%.

Insiders seem to have made the most of their holdings by selling US$1.0m worth of Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) stock at an average sell price of US$44.44 during the past year. The company's market worth decreased by US$16b over the past week after the stock price dropped 8.8%, although insiders were able to minimize their losses

Although we don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions, we do think it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing.

View our latest analysis for Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

The insider, Kleber Santos, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$1.0m worth of shares at a price of US$44.44 each. That means that an insider was selling shares at around the current price of US$43.40. While we don't usually like to see insider selling, it's more concerning if the sales take place at a lower price. We note that this sale took place at around the current price, so it isn't a major concern, though it's hardly a good sign. The only individual insider seller over the last year was Kleber Santos.

You can see the insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

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Insider Ownership Of Wells Fargo

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. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Insiders own 0.06% of Wells Fargo shares, worth about US$97m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Wells Fargo Insiders?

It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded Wells Fargo shares in the last quarter. Our analysis of Wells Fargo insider transactions leaves us cautious. The modest level of insider ownership is, at least, some comfort. So while it's helpful to know what insiders are doing in terms of buying or selling, it's also helpful to know the risks that a particular company is facing. You'd be interested to know, that we found 1 warning sign for Wells Fargo and we suggest you have a look.

But note: Wells Fargo 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. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.

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