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With Becton, Dickinson and Company's (NYSE:BDX)) price down 4.7% this week, insiders might find some solace having sold US$1.1m worth of shares earlier this year.

Insiders at Becton, Dickinson and Company (NYSE:BDX) sold US$1.1m worth of stock at an average price of US$258 a share over the past year, making the most of their investment. The company’s market cap plunged by US$3.2b after price dropped by 4.7% last week but insiders were able to limit their loss to an extent.

While we would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether.

Check out our latest analysis for Becton Dickinson

Becton Dickinson Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

The insider, Betty Larson, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$711k worth of shares at a price of US$255 each. While we don't usually like to see insider selling, it's more concerning if the sales take place at a lower price. The silver lining is that this sell-down took place above the latest price (US$223). So it may not shed much light on insider confidence at current levels.

Becton Dickinson 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. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

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If you like to buy stocks that insiders are buying, rather than selling, then you might just love this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).

Insider Ownership Of Becton Dickinson

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. It appears that Becton Dickinson insiders own 0.1% of the company, worth about US$91m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it's enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

So What Do The Becton Dickinson Insider Transactions Indicate?

There haven't been any insider transactions in the last three months -- that doesn't mean much. We don't take much encouragement from the transactions by Becton Dickinson insiders. But we do like the fact that insiders own a fair chunk of the company. So these insider transactions can help us build a thesis about the stock, but it's also worthwhile knowing the risks facing this company. At Simply Wall St, we've found that Becton Dickinson has 2 warning signs (1 doesn't sit too well with us!) that deserve your attention before going any further with your analysis.

Of course Becton Dickinson may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of high quality companies.

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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This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. We provide commentary based on historical data and analyst forecasts only using an unbiased methodology and our articles are not intended to be financial advice. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.

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