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Read This Before Buying Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS) Shares

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We've lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. 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 Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS).

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 in the company. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. As Peter Lynch said, 'insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Citrix Systems

The insider, Jeroen van Rotterdam, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$860k worth of shares at a price of US$108 each. That means that an insider was selling shares at slightly below the current price (US$111). We generally consider it a negative if insiders have been selling, especially if they did so below the current price, because it implies that they considered a lower price to be reasonable. While insider selling is not a positive sign, we can't be sure if it does mean insiders think the shares are fully valued, so it's only a weak sign. It is worth noting that this sale was only 31% of Jeroen van Rotterdam's holding.

We note that in the last year insiders divested 31362 shares for a total of US$3.2m. Citrix Systems insiders didn't buy any shares over the last year. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NasdaqGS:CTXS Recent Insider Trading, November 11th 2019

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Insiders at Citrix Systems Have Sold Stock Recently

Over the last three months, we've seen significant insider selling at Citrix Systems. In total, insiders dumped US$2.5m 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.

Does Citrix Systems Boast High Insider Ownership?

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Citrix Systems insiders own about US$83m worth of shares. That equates to 0.6% of the company. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Citrix Systems Tell Us?

Insiders haven't bought Citrix Systems stock in the last three months, but there was some selling. And even if we look to the last year, we didn't see any purchases. On the plus side, Citrix Systems makes money, and is growing profits. Insiders own shares, but we're still pretty cautious, given the history of sales. We'd think twice before buying! Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Citrix Systems, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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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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