Cable One Insiders Sell US$4.9m Of Stock, Possibly Signalling Caution

Cable One, Inc. +0.20%

Cable One, Inc.

CABO

386.76

+0.20%

The fact that multiple Cable One, Inc. (NYSE:CABO) insiders offloaded a considerable amount of shares over the past year could have raised some eyebrows amongst investors. 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, shareholders should take a deeper look if several insiders are selling stock over a specific time period.

While we would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether.

View our latest analysis for Cable One

Cable One Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Notably, that recent sale by Thomas Might is the biggest insider sale of Cable One shares that we've seen in the last year. That means that an insider was selling shares at below the current price (US$560). 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. However, while insider selling is sometimes discouraging, it's only a weak signal. This single sale was 67% of Thomas Might's stake.

Over the last year we saw more insider selling of Cable One shares, than buying. You can see the insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

insider-trading-volume
NYSE:CABO Insider Trading Volume December 29th 2023

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

Insiders At Cable One Have Sold Stock Recently

Over the last three months, we've seen significant insider selling at Cable One. In total, Independent Director Thomas Might dumped US$4.5m worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any purchases whatsoever. This may suggest that some insiders think that the shares are not cheap.

Does Cable One 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. Cable One insiders own about US$332m worth of shares (which is 11% of the company). I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Cable One Tell Us?

An insider sold stock recently, but they haven't been buying. Despite some insider buying, the longer term picture doesn't make us feel much more positive. It is good to see high insider ownership, but the insider selling leaves us cautious. So these insider transactions can help us build a thesis about the stock, but it's also worthwhile knowing the risks facing this company. For instance, we've identified 4 warning signs for Cable One (1 can't be ignored) you should be aware of.

But note: Cable One 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 of direct interests only, but not derivative transactions or indirect interests.

Every question you ask will be answered
Scan the QR code to contact us
whatsapp
Also you can contact us via