One Purchase Pushes Weekly Insider Selling To Buying Ratio From 336x To 14x
One look at last week's insider transaction list confirms that the deluge of insider selling refuses to end, and is now well in the double digit billion category in recent months. S&P Insiders sold $512 billion in notional in the week ended December 17 per Bloomberg, slightly above the 6 month average, with the top five sales taking place in Google, Ralph Lauren, UnitedHealth, General Dynamics and Starwood Hotels: in these five names alone executives sold nearly $200 million worth of stock. On the buy side, one purchase skewed the distribution to the tune of 96%: an acquisition of TIMET stock (TIE) for $34 million represented nearly all of the $35.7 million in insider purchases in the past week. Incidentally this is the second week in a row in which we have observed material purchasing in TIE, with $2.6 million in Titanium Metals purchased last week (when it accounted for 75% of all insider buying). And with this week's TIE purchase, the insider buying recorded in the past week is the biggest we have seen since beginning to keep track of insider transactions.