Insiders At Cohu Sold US$1.2m In Stock, Alluding To Potential Weakness

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Cohu, Inc. (NASDAQ:COHU) shareholders might have a reason to worry after multiple insiders sold their shares over the last year. When analyzing insider transactions, it is usually more valuable to know whether insiders are buying versus knowing if they are selling, as the latter sends an ambiguous message. However, if numerous insiders are selling, shareholders should investigate more.

Although we don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions, we do think it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing.

See our latest analysis for Cohu

Cohu Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the Senior VP of Finance & CFO, Jeffrey Jones, for US$400k worth of shares, at about US$40.00 per share. We generally don't like to see insider selling, but the lower the sale price, the more it concerns us. It's of some comfort that this sale was conducted at a price well above the current share price, which is US$31.08. So it may not shed much light on insider confidence at current levels.

Cohu insiders didn't buy any shares over the last year. You can see the insider transactions (by companies and 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!

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NasdaqGS:COHU Insider Trading Volume April 29th 2024

I will like Cohu better if I see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.

Does Cohu 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. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. It appears that Cohu insiders own 2.5% of the company, worth about US$36m. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Cohu Tell Us?

It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded Cohu shares in the last quarter. Still, the insider transactions at Cohu in the last 12 months are not very heartening. But it's good to see that insiders own shares in the company. In addition to knowing about insider transactions going on, it's beneficial to identify the risks facing Cohu. Be aware that Cohu is showing 2 warning signs in our investment analysis, and 1 of those is potentially serious...

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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 of direct interests only, but not derivative transactions or indirect interests.

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