Trade Alert: The Independent Director Of Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE:WY), Al Monaco, Has Just Spent US$136k Buying 15% More Shares

Potential Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE:WY) shareholders may wish to note that the Independent Director, Al Monaco, recently bought US$136k worth of stock, paying US$38.76 for each share. That’s a very decent purchase to our minds and it grew their holding by a solid 15%.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Weyerhaeuser

Notably, that recent purchase by Al Monaco is the biggest insider purchase of Weyerhaeuser shares that we’ve seen in the last year. So it’s clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price than the current share price (being US$37.84). Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. To us, it’s very important to consider the price insiders pay for shares. As a general rule, we feel more positive about a stock when an insider has bought shares at above current prices, because that suggests they viewed the stock as good value, even at a higher price. Al Monaco was the only individual insider to buy during the last year.

Al Monaco bought 6.50k shares over the last 12 months at an average price of US$38.61. The chart below shows insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

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There are always plenty of stocks that insiders are buying. So if that suits your style you could check each stock one by one or you could take a look at this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).

Insider Ownership

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Insiders own 0.3% of Weyerhaeuser shares, worth about US$73m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Weyerhaeuser Insiders?

The recent insider purchase is heartening. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. Insiders likely see value in Weyerhaeuser shares, given these transactions (along with notable insider ownership of the company). In addition to knowing about insider transactions going on, it’s beneficial to identify the risks facing Weyerhaeuser. Be aware that Weyerhaeuser is showing 2 warning signs in our investment analysis, and 1 of those makes us a bit uncomfortable…

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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.

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