Trade Alert: The Independent Director Of General Electric Company (NYSE:GE), Paula G. Reynolds, Has Just Spent US$107k Buying 34% More Shares

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Potential General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) shareholders may wish to note that the Independent Director, Paula G. Reynolds, recently bought US$107k worth of stock, paying US$107 for each share. That’s a very decent purchase to our minds and it grew their holding by a solid 34%.

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General Electric Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Notably, that recent purchase by Paula G. Reynolds is the biggest insider purchase of General Electric shares that we’ve seen in the last year. So it’s clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price than the current share price (being US$99.96). While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company’s future. To us, it’s very important to consider the price insiders pay for 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 Paula G. Reynolds.

Paula G. Reynolds purchased 1.63k shares over the year. The average price per share was US$104. The chart below shows insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

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There are always plenty of stocks that insiders are buying. So if that suits your style you could check each stock one by one or you could take a look at this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).

Does General Electric Boast High 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. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. It’s great to see that General Electric insiders own 0.2% of the company, worth about US$267m. I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About General Electric Insiders?

The recent insider purchase is heartening. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. Once you factor in the high insider ownership, it certainly seems like insiders are positive about General Electric. Looks promising! So these insider transactions can help us build a thesis about the stock, but it’s also worthwhile knowing the risks facing this company. Be aware that General Electric is showing 3 warning signs in our investment analysis, and 1 of those shouldn’t be ignored…

But note: General Electric may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.

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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