Jun 6, 2016

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Insider Selling at Three Companies: Metlife Inc (NYSE:MET), Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:CY), Groupon Inc (NASDAQ:GRPN)

Insider Selling at Three Companies: Metlife Inc (NYSE:MET), Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:CY), Groupon Inc (NASDAQ:GRPN)

 Insider trading is the trading of a public company’s stock or other securities (such as bonds or stock options) by individuals with access to nonpublic information about the company. In various countries, trading based on insider information is illegal. This is because it is seen as unfair to other investors who do not have access to the information as the investor with insider information could potentially make far larger profits that a typical investor could not make.

The authors of one study claim that illegal insider trading raises the cost of capital for securities issuers, thus decreasing overall economic growth. However, some economists have argued that insider trading should be allowed and could, in fact, benefit markets.

Trading by specific insiders, such as employees, is commonly permitted as long as it does not rely on material information not in the public domain. However, most jurisdictions require such trading be reported so that these can be monitored. In the United States and several other jurisdictions, trading conducted by corporate officers, key employees, directors, or significant shareholders must be reported to the regulator or publicly disclosed, usually within a few business days of the trade.

Metlife Inc (NYSE:MET) saw an insider sell on June 01, 2016 that may make shareholders worried. Morris Maria R, Sr. EVP, Global Employee Benefits, sold 4,200 shares at $45.15 a piece. The total sale came to $189,630. Its shares currently owned by company management are 0.10% while institutional investors own about 75.90%. The 6-month change recorded in total insider ownership was -2.24%. On the other side, -1.61% change in total institutional ownership has been reported for the 3-month period.

Moving on to the second insider trade which involved BINGHAM H RAYMOND, Director at Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:CY) sold 15,000 shares at $10.58 per share to trim the total holding at 60,296 shares. Its shares currently owned by company management are 3.70% while institutional investors own about 92.30%. The 6-month change recorded in total insider ownership was -0.21%. On the other side, -5.57% change in total institutional ownership has been reported for the 3-month period.

Groupon Inc (NASDAQ:GRPN) also received some insider trading action as Stevens Brian, who the company’s Chief Accounting Officer is sold some 10,000 shares at a price of $3.50 per share to the holding that now comprises of 117,170 shares. Its shares currently owned by company management are 0.60% while institutional investors own about 51.90%. The 6-month change recorded in total insider ownership was -0.29%. On the other side, -10.96% change in total institutional ownership has been reported for the 3-month period.

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