Possible bearish signals as T-Mobile US, Inc. (NASDAQ:TMUS) insiders disposed of US$5.1m worth of stock

Over the past year, many T-Mobile US, Inc. (NASDAQ:TMUS) insiders sold a significant stake in the company which may have piqued investors’ interest. When evaluating insider transactions, knowing whether insiders are buying versus if they selling is usually more beneficial, as the latter can be open to many interpretations. However, shareholders should take a deeper look if several insiders are selling stock over a specific time period.

While insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing, logic dictates that you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares.

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T-Mobile US Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

The Chief Marketing Officer, Michael Katz, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$3.2m worth of shares at a price of US$145 each. So it’s clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even slightly below the current price of US$148. When an insider sells below the current price, it suggests that they considered that lower price to be fair. That makes us wonder what they think of the (higher) recent valuation. Please do note, however, that sellers may have a variety of reasons for selling, so we don’t know for sure what they think of the stock price. This single sale was just 17% of Michael Katz’s stake.

Insiders in T-Mobile US didn’t buy any shares in the last year. The chart below shows insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

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If you like to buy stocks that insiders are buying, rather than selling, then you might just love this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).

T-Mobile US Insiders Are Selling The Stock

The last three months saw significant insider selling at T-Mobile US. In total, insiders dumped US$522k worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any purchases whatsoever. Overall this makes us a bit cautious, but it’s not the be all and end all.

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. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be encouraged to build the company for the long term. T-Mobile US insiders own 0.6% of the company, currently worth about US$1.2b based on the recent share price. This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At T-Mobile US Tell Us?

Insiders haven’t bought T-Mobile US stock in the last three months, but there was some selling. And even if we look at the last year, we didn’t see any purchases. It’s good to see high insider ownership, but the insider selling leaves us cautious. In addition to knowing about insider transactions going on, it’s beneficial to identify the risks facing T-Mobile US. Every company has risks, and we’ve spotted 4 warning signs for T-Mobile US you should know about.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of interesting 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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