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Have Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. (NYSE:HII) Insiders Been Selling Their Stock?

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We note that a Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. (NYSE:HII) insider, Dale Wyatt, recently sold US$92k worth of stock for US$230 per share. However we note that the sale only shrunk their holding by 1.8%.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Huntington Ingalls Industries

The insider, William Ermatinger, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$2.7m worth of shares at a price of US$204 each. That means that even when the share price was below the current price of US$233, an insider wanted to cash in some shares. As a general rule we consider it to be discouraging when insiders are selling below the current price, because it suggests they were happy with a lower valuation. However, while insider selling is sometimes discouraging, it's only a weak signal. This single sale was just 34% of William Ermatinger's stake.

Huntington Ingalls Industries insiders didn't buy any shares over the last year. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

insider-trading-volumeNYSE:HII Insider Trading Volume September 8th 2022

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Insider Ownership

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Huntington Ingalls Industries insiders own about US$192m worth of shares (which is 2.1% of the company). Most shareholders would be happy to see this sort of insider ownership, since it suggests that management incentives are well aligned with other shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Huntington Ingalls Industries Tell Us?

Insiders sold stock recently, but they haven't been buying. And even if we look at the last year, we didn't see any purchases. The company boasts high insider ownership, but we're a little hesitant, given the history of share sales. While we like knowing what's going on with the insider's ownership and transactions, we make sure to also consider what risks are facing a stock before making any investment decision. At Simply Wall St, we found 2 warning signs for Huntington Ingalls Industries that deserve your attention before buying any shares.

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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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