Jun 20, 2016

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Insiders Sell Significant Shares: Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT), Lifelock Inc (NYSE:LOCK), SYSCO Corporation (NYSE:SYY)

Insiders Sell Significant Shares: Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT), Lifelock Inc (NYSE:LOCK), SYSCO Corporation (NYSE:SYY)

“Insider trading” is a term that most investors have heard and usually associate with illegal conduct. But the term actually includes both legal and illegal conduct. The legal version is when corporate insiders—officers, directors, and employees—buy and sell stock in their own companies. When corporate insiders trade in their own securities, they must report their trades to the SEC.

“Insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise” (Peter Lynch, one of the greatest investors of all time).

Insiders know their industry, in particular the company they are managing.

Insider trading can be profitable only if securities prices move. Therefore, insiders hoping to trade on inside information may try to get the price to move by cutting the company’s costs, seeking new products, and so on. While such actions benefit the insider, they also benefit the firm’s security holders as a group.

No one invests to lose money, so do corporate insiders. They are prevented from buying and selling their company stock within a six-month period: therefore, insiders buy stock when they feel the company will perform well over the long-term.

Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) saw an insider sell on June 15, 2016 that may make shareholders worried. Watkin Jared, Senior Vice President, sold 552 shares at $37.63 a piece. The total sale came to $20,770, leaving the total count to 46,562 shares. Its shares currently owned by company management are 0.30% while institutional investors own about 70.80%. The 6-month change recorded in total insider ownership was -0.91%. On the other side, -0.31% change in total institutional ownership has been reported for the 3-month period.

Moving on to the second insider trade which involved Davis Richard Todd, a EXECUTIVE VICE CHAIRMAN at Lifelock Inc (NYSE:LOCK) sold 22,000 shares at $14.75 per share to trim the total holding at 829,723 shares. Its shares currently owned by company management are 1.60% while institutional investors own about 96.30%. The 6-month change recorded in total insider ownership was -10.51%. On the other side, 0.86% change in total institutional ownership has been reported for the 3-month period.

SYSCO Corporation (NYSE:SYY) also received some insider trading action as DeLaney William J III, who the company’s Chief Executive Officer is sold some 20,114 shares at a price of $48.50 per share to the holding that now comprises of 402,393 shares. Its shares currently owned by company management are 0.30% while institutional investors own about 79.80%. The 6-month change recorded in total insider ownership was -20.92%. On the other side, -3.30% change in total institutional ownership has been reported for the 3-month period.

 

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