Recent insider trends for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:APC) have caught the attention of investors. Analysts monitor insider data to understand the sentiment of a company’s largest and most important shareholders. APC’s insider trading patterns have some implications for where the stock might be headed.
Institutions own 84.67% of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (APC)’s shares. The total value of these holdings, in millions, is $26,491. Among active positions in the latest quarter, 337 holders increased their positions by a total of 41.94 million shares, 394 holders decreased the positions by a total of 52.04 million shares, and 140 holders held their positions. This works out to a net decrease in ownership of 10.11 million shares, and suggests that institutions are feeling bearish about the stock.
Among new and sold out positions, 95 holders initiated new positions by a total of 5.62 million shares and 69 holders exited their positions by a total of 14.3 million shares. This nets out to a decrease of 8.68 million shares and is another bearish sign for APC.
In the last three months, insiders executed a total of 5 trades. 5 of these were buys. Insider ownership increased by a total of 3079 shares, which suggests that APC’s key executives are feeling more optimistic about the outlook for the stock. The data from the past twelve months tells a similar story: insiders executed 36 buys and 23 sells, and ownership increased by a net of 56861 shares.
Comparing the number of shares sold short over time is a method analysts often use to get a reading on investor sentiment. Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:APC)’s short interest is 20.14 million shares, or 3.69% of the float. This represents an increase of 12% 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.
Insider data can help an investor form an outlook on a stock, but it’s important to supplement this data with other information such as technical indicators to form a more complete view. A composite of 13 technical indicators that includes measures such as moving averages and momentum oscillators suggests that APC is a Strong buy, which implies that APC 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 bullish. Technical indicators (also) suggest that Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:APC) is undervalued.