Recent insider trends for Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE:ABX) have caught the attention of investors. Analysts monitor insider data to understand the sentiment of a company’s largest and most important shareholders. ABX’s insider trading patterns have some implications for where the stock might be headed.
Institutions own 55.69% of Barrick Gold Corporation (ABX)’s shares. The total value of these holdings, in millions, is $9,468. Among active positions in the latest quarter, 192 holders increased their positions by a total of 41.11 million shares, 175 holders decreased the positions by a total of 40.96 million shares, and 107 holders held their positions. This works out to a net increase in ownership of 153371 shares, and suggests that institutions are feeling bullish about the stock.
Among new and sold out positions, 51 holders initiated new positions by a total of 8.54 million shares and 29 holders exited their positions by a total of 2.61 million shares. This nets out to an increase of 5.93 million shares and is a bullish sign for ABX.
Insider ownership increased by a total of 0 shares, which suggests that ABX’s key executives are feeling more optimistic about the outlook for the stock. The data from the past twelve months tells a similar story: ownership increased by a net of 0 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. Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE:ABX)’s short interest is 8.6 million shares, or 0.74% of the float. This represents a decrease of -25% 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.
Ownership trends and trading patterns can be useful tools for predicting a stock’s performance, but it’s also important to consider the technicals in order to form a more comprehensive view. A composite of 13 technical indicators that includes measures such as moving averages and momentum oscillators suggests that ABX is a hold, which implies that ABX is expected to perform in line with 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 bullish. Technical indicators (also) suggest that Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE:ABX) is fairly valued.