posted on 30 July 2016
by Asif Suria
to edition 319 of Insider Weekends. Insider buying increased significantly last week with insiders buying $118.43 million of stock compared to $29.17 million in the week prior. Selling also increased with insiders selling $2.12 billion of stock last week compared to $757.96 million in the week prior. Almost half the insider selling this week was related to ValueAct liquidating nearly a third of their position in Microsoft as discussed below.
Sell/Buy Ratio: The insider Sell/Buy ratio is calculated by dividing the total insider sales in a given week by total insider purchases that week. The adjusted ratio for last week decreased to 17.88. In other words, insiders sold almost 18 times as much stock as they purchased. The Sell/Buy ratio this week compares favorably with the prior week, when the ratio stood at 25.98. We are calculating an adjusted ratio by removing transactions by funds and companies and trying as best as possible only to retain information about insiders and 10% owners who are not funds or companies.
Insider Sell Buy Ratio July 29, 2016
Note: As mentioned in the first post in this series, certain industries have their preferred metrics such as same store sales for retailers, funds from operations (FFO) for REITs and revenue per available room (RevPAR) for hotels that provide a better basis for comparison than simple valuation metrics. However metrics like Price/Earnings, Price/Sales and Enterprise Value/EBITDA included below should provide a good starting point for analyzing the majority of stocks.
Notable Insider Buys:
1. Netflix, Inc. (NFLX): $91.25
Director Jay C. Hoag acquired 600,000 shares of Netflix, paying $86.43 per share for a total amount of $51.86 million. These shares were purchased indirectly through various Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV) funds.
We normally exclude transactions by funds and venture capital firms but decided to make an exception in this case because of Mr. Hoag's history of insider purchases.
TCV is a well known venture capital company that mostly invests in private companies but sometimes ventures into public markets. The company first invested in Netflix (NFLX) back in 1999 and Mr. Hoag's purchase of Netflix shares in May 2012 at prices in the low $70′s (pre-split) were one of the best instances of insider purchases I have seen since I started tracking this data more than 5 years ago. Netflix shares had dropped dramatically before Mr. Hoag's purchases on news that the company was going to split itself a DVD mailing service called Qwikster and a streaming service. Much to the relief of investors, the company eventually abandoned that plan and the stock eventually went up 10 fold. Unfortunately for TCV, they did not hold through that entire 1,000%+ increase.
You can view the list of recent insider transactions for Netflix, Inc. here.
2. Abbott Laboratories (ABT): $44.75
Chairman and CEO Miles D. White acquired 731,500 shares of this medical appliances & equipment company, paying $43.23 per share for a total amount of $31.62 million. Mr. White increased his stake by 36.38% to 2,742,017 shares with this purchase.
You can view the list of recent insider transactions for Abbott Laboratories here.
3. Fairmount Santrol Holdings Inc. (FMSA): $6.85
Director Charles D. Fowler acquired 1,666,666 shares of this sand-based proppant solutions provider, paying $5.95 per share for a total amount of $9.92 million. Mr. Fowler increased his stake by 4332.83% to 1,705,132 shares with this purchase.
You can view the list of recent insider transactions for Fairmount Santrol Holdings Inc. here.
4. General Electric Company (GE): $31.14
Chairman and CEO Jeffrey R. Immelt acquired 50,000 shares of General Electric, paying $31.45 per share for a total amount of $1.57 million. Mr. Immelt increased his stake by 2.33% to 2,198,688 shares with this purchase.
You can view the list of recent insider transactions for General Electric Company here.
5. Delta Air Lines, Inc. (DAL): $38.75
EVP & CFO Paul A. Jacobson acquired 25,000 shares of this airline, paying $38.91 per share for a total amount of $972,770. Mr. Jacobson increased his stake by 8.23% to 328,631 shares with this purchase.
You can view the list of recent insider transactions for Delta Air Lines, Inc. here.
You can view the full list of purchases from this Insider Buying page.
Notable Insider Sales:
1. Microsoft Corporation (MSFT): $56.68
Shares of Microsoft were sold by 2 insiders:
ValueAct sold a whole lot more than Mr. Gates' large periodic sales and liquidated nearly a third of their position in Microsoft. With offices in San Francisco and Boston, the fund prefers taking concentrated positions in a limited number of companies that are fundamentally undervalued.
You can view the list of recent insider transactions for Microsoft Corporation here.
2. Nucor Corporation (NUE): $53.64
Shares of this steel company were sold by 5 insiders:
You can view the list of recent insider transactions for Nucor Corporation here.
3. Tupperware Brands Corporation (TUP): $62.68
Shares of this kitchen products company were sold by 3 insiders:
You can view the list of recent insider transactions for Tupperware Brands Corporation here.
4. PulteGroup, Inc. (PHM): $21.18
Shares of this home builder were sold by 5 insiders:
You can view the list of recent insider transactions for PulteGroup, Inc. here.
5. JB Hunt Transport Services Inc. (JBHT): $83.13
Shares of this trucking company were sold by 2 insiders:
You can view the list of recent insider transactions for JB Hunt Transport Services Inc. here.
You can view the full list of sales from this Insider Sales page.
Disclaimer: I do not have any positions in any of the stocks mentioned in this article. Please do your own due diligence before buying or selling any securities mentioned in this article. We do not warrant the completeness or accuracy of the content or data provided in this article.
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