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What Recent Ownership Trends Suggest About LifePoint Health (LPNT)’s Future Performance

Recent insider trends for LifePoint Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPNT) have caught the attention of investors. Analysts study insider data to get a sense of sense of what key shareholders think about the outlook for a particular stock. In the case of LPNT, the data has some interesting implications for where the stock might be headed.

Institutions own 102.12% of LifePoint Health, Inc. (LPNT)’s shares. The total value of these holdings, in millions, is $2,019. Among active positions in the latest quarter, 114 holders increased their positions by a total of 2.84 million shares, 111 holders decreased the positions by a total of 2.65 million shares, and 33 holders held their positions. This works out to a net increase in ownership of 186256 shares, and suggests that institutions are feeling bullish about the stock.

Among new and sold out positions, 35 holders initiated new positions by a total of 647467 shares and 28 holders exited their positions by a total of 264801 shares. This nets out to an increase of 382666 shares and is a bullish sign for LPNT.

Insider ownership increased by a total of 0 shares, which suggests that LPNT’s key executives are feeling more optimistic about the outlook for the stock. The data from the past twelve months tells a different story: insiders executed 19 sells, and ownership decreased by a net of 230435 shares.



Comparing the number of shares sold short over time is a method analysts often use to get a reading on investor sentiment. LifePoint Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPNT)’s short interest is 4.75 million shares, or 12.19% of the float. This represents an increase of 10% in the number of shares being shorted compared to the previous reading, and implies that investors felt more pessimistic about the stock during the past two weeks.

Given what the insider ownership patterns are saying, it makes sense to consider the technicals to see if these pieces of information reach the same conclusion about the outlook for LPNT. A composite of 13 technical indicators that includes measures such as moving averages and momentum oscillators suggests that LPNT is a Strong sell, which implies that LPNT is expected to underperform the market based on prior trading patterns.

Conclusion




Institutional ownership trends suggest that the stock is cheap and the insider trading data indicates that insiders are bullish. Technical indicators (also) suggest that LifePoint Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPNT) is overvalued.

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