Insiders Continue to Sell, Sell, Sell

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Includes: BAC, C
by: Ockham Research

We have to send a tip of the hat, to ultra popular finance blogger at Zerohedge.com for alerting us to the huge number of insiders who are selling off stock in their companies.

We have noted this sort of activity over the last few months and it appears that corporate insiders are selling with increased fervor. In late April (Insiders Are Selling Into the Rally), insiders were selling at a rate of 8.3 times the amount that insiders were buying. When we revisited the issue about two months later in June (More Evidence of Skepticism from Insiders), insiders had become even more bearish as they were selling at a rate of 9 times for each insider buy.

Now, we are nearly two months later and the ratio of sellers to buyers continues to expand. In the last week, corporate insiders sold 13.6 times more than insiders bought according to information compiled by Finviz. In terms of per transaction value, the sellers are being more aggressive than the buyers as well. Of course, this is not necessarily a sign that the market is about to falter. However, it is always interesting to see what the insiders are doing because they are some of the very most informed investors. Management may be sounding an optimistic tone on many conference calls, but actions speak louder than words. Clearly, the trends are suggesting that stocks are overbought right now, and insiders are lowering their exposure to risk.

Click here to get a graphic of the recent transactions. Interesting to note, that three of the ten insider buys from last week were from Bank of America (BAC) and Citi (C).

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