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Insiders who bought stock earlier this year lose -US$44k as WW International, Inc. (NASDAQ:WW) drops to US$540m

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Insiders who acquired US$198k worth of WW International, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:WW) stock at an average price of US$9.90 in the past 12 months may be dismayed by the recent 15% price decline. Insiders invest with the hopes of seeing their money grow in value over time. However, as a result of recent losses, their initial investment is now only worth US$154k, which is not what they expected.

While insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether.

Check out our latest analysis for WW International

WW International Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Independent Director Denis Kelly bought US$198k worth of shares at a price of US$10.42 per share. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price than the current share price (being US$7.68). It's very possible they regret the purchase, but it's more likely they are bullish about the company. We always take careful note of the price insiders pay when purchasing shares. Generally speaking, it catches our eye when an insider has purchased shares at above current prices, as it suggests they believed the shares were worth buying, even at a higher price. The only individual insider to buy over the last year was Denis Kelly.

You can see the insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

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WW International is not the only stock that insiders are buying. For those who like to find winning investments this free list of growing companies with recent insider purchasing, could be just the ticket.

Insider Ownership

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. It appears that WW International insiders own 2.9% of the company, worth about US$16m. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

So What Do The WW International Insider Transactions Indicate?

The recent insider purchase is heartening. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. Insiders likely see value in WW International shares, given these transactions (along with notable insider ownership of the company). In addition to knowing about insider transactions going on, it's beneficial to identify the risks facing WW International. To that end, you should learn about the 3 warning signs we've spotted with WW International (including 1 which shouldn't be ignored).

Of course WW International may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of high quality companies.

For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.

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