Recent insider trends for McDermott International, Inc. (NYSE:MDR) have caught the attention of investors. Insider activity is often a strong indicator of future performance in a stock, and if the data on MDR is anything to go by, investors should pay attention.
Institutions own 86.51% of McDermott International, Inc. (MDR)’s shares. The total value of these holdings, in millions, is $1,848. Among active positions in the latest quarter, 119 holders increased their positions by a total of 19.63 million shares, 103 holders decreased the positions by a total of 22.21 million shares, and 42 holders held their positions. This works out to a net decrease in ownership of 2.58 million shares, and suggests that institutions are feeling bearish about the stock.
Among new and sold out positions, 29 holders initiated new positions by a total of 3.51 million shares and 23 holders exited their positions by a total of 2.32 million shares. This nets out to an increase of 1.19 million shares and is a bullish sign for MDR.
In the last three months, insiders executed a total of 1 trades. 1 were sells. Insider ownership decreased by a total of 869 shares, which suggests that MDR’s key executives are feeling less optimistic about the outlook for the stock. The data from the past twelve months tells a similar story: insiders executed 8 buys and 31 sells, and ownership decreased by a net of 887347 shares.
The analysis of insider buying and selling trends can be extended to the aggregate level. Short interest, which represents the number of a stock’s shares currently being shorted, captures what the market as a whole feels about a stock. McDermott International, Inc. (NYSE:MDR)’s short interest is 38.18 million shares, or 16.01% of the float. This represents an increase of 67% 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.
Supplementing insider data with technical indicators can help an investor form a more complete view on the outlook for a stock. A composite of 13 technical indicators that includes measures such as moving averages and momentum oscillators suggests that MDR is a Strong buy, which implies that MDR is expected to outperform the market based on prior trading patterns.
Institutional ownership trends suggest that the stock is cheap and the insider trading data indicates that insiders are bearish. Technical indicators (also) suggest that McDermott International, Inc. (NYSE:MDR) is undervalued.