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Read This Before Selling Stantec Inc. (TSE:STN) Shares

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Stantec Inc. (TSE:STN).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

We don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. As Peter Lynch said, 'insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.'

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Stantec Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

The Senior VP, Paul J. Alpern, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for CA$354k worth of shares at a price of CA$33.03 each. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of CA$32.29. While insider selling is a negative, to us, it is more negative if the shares are sold at a lower price. We note that this sale took place at around the current price, so it isn't a major concern, though it's hardly a good sign. Paul J. Alpern was the only individual insider to sell over the last year.

In the last twelve months insiders purchased 27494 shares for CA$870k. But insiders sold 10730 shares worth CA$354k. In total, Stantec insiders bought more than they sold over the last year. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

TSX:STN Recent Insider Trading, April 10th 2019

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Stantec Insiders Bought Stock Recently

Over the last quarter, Stantec insiders have spent a meaningful amount on shares. In total, insiders bought CA$205k worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any sales whatsoever. This could be interpreted as suggesting a positive outlook.

Does Stantec Boast High Insider Ownership?

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Insiders own 0.9% of Stantec shares, worth about CA$31m. 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 Stantec Insider Transactions Indicate?

The recent insider purchases are heartening. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. Given that insiders also own a fair bit of Stantec we think they are probably pretty confident of a bright future. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Stantec.

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