Recent insider trends for The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. (NYSE:IPG) have caught the attention of investors. Analysts monitor insider data to understand the sentiment of a company’s largest and most important shareholders. IPG’s insider trading patterns have some implications for where the stock might be headed.
Institutions own 100.73% of The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. (IPG)’s shares. The total value of these holdings, in millions, is $8,181. Among active positions in the latest quarter, 254 holders increased their positions by a total of 51.24 million shares, 232 holders decreased the positions by a total of 50.04 million shares, and 61 holders held their positions. This works out to a net increase in ownership of 1.2 million shares, and suggests that institutions are feeling bullish about the stock.
Among new and sold out positions, 62 holders initiated new positions by a total of 5.76 million shares and 76 holders exited their positions by a total of 8.86 million shares. This nets out to a decrease of 3.1 million shares and is another bearish sign for IPG.
In the last three months, insiders executed a total of 1 trades. 1 were sells. Insider ownership decreased by a total of 43479 shares, which suggests that IPG’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 16 buys and 24 sells, and ownership decreased by a net of 663455 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. The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. (NYSE:IPG)’s short interest is 19.99 million shares, or 5.12% of the float. This represents a decrease of -8% in the number of shares being shorted compared to the previous reading, and implies that investors felt less pessimistic about the stock during the past two weeks.
In light of the insider ownership and trading data it makes sense to consider technicals to see if they come to a similar conclusion about the outlook for IPG. A composite of 13 technical indicators that includes measures such as moving averages and momentum oscillators suggests that IPG is a Strong buy, which implies that IPG 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 The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. (NYSE:IPG) is undervalued.