Apr 27, 2016

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Insider Selling at Three Companies: American Express Company (NYSE:AXP), Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK), Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS)

Insider Selling at Three Companies: American Express Company (NYSE:AXP),  Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK), Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS)

As an investor it is wise to keep track of what insiders at large and small companies are doing. After all, these insiders are executives who should understand their business better than any of the rest of us. Using the trades that these executives make as one of the major tools of your stock investment research is wise.

Quite simply there are all kinds of reasons that an insider would sell a stock, and there is no way of telling exactly why they are selling at the time. Consider the fact that the insider could be selling to fund the education of a child or buy a new home. On the other hand insider purchases are generally more reliable indicators because the main goal in buying a stock is to make money, whether you are an insider or not.

Knowing the role of the insider who made the transaction is important. This seems like it should be common sense, but some investors fail to pay attention to this very important detail. Heavy insider transactions by someone such as the CFO or CEO should carry much more weight than insider transactions by someone who is an outside director. Consider how much that insider should know about the current state of the industry and their businesses.

American Express Company (NYSE:AXP) saw an insider sell on Apr 22, 2016 that may make shareholders worried. Zukauckas Linda, EVP & Corporate Comptroller, sold 2,547 shares at $66.08 a piece. The total sale came to $168,306, leaving the total count to 5,100 shares. Its shares currently owned by company management are 0.20% while institutional investors own about 85.20%. The 6-month change recorded in total insider ownership was -6.56%. On the other side, 0.12% change in total institutional ownership has been reported for the 3-month period.

Moving on to the second insider trade which involved Blum Steven M, a SVP, Worldwide Sales at Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) sold 15,000 shares at $60.00 per share to trim the total holding at 62,114 shares. Its shares currently owned by company management are 0.40% while institutional investors own about 97.90%. The 6-month change recorded in total insider ownership was -19.54%. On the other side, -0.60% change in total institutional ownership has been reported for the 3-month period.

Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS) also received some insider trading action as Corley Kathryn McNamara, who the company’s EVP, GC & Secretary is sold some 10,000 shares at a price of $56.48 per share to the holding that now comprises of 171,476 shares. Its shares currently owned by company management are 1.00% while institutional investors own about 88.30%. The 6-month change recorded in total insider ownership was -12.09%. On the other side, 0.34% change in total institutional ownership has been reported for the 3-month period.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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