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Insiders at EOG Resources, Inc. (NYSE:EOG) sold US$3.8m worth of stock, possibly indicating weakness in the future

Many EOG Resources, Inc. (NYSE:EOG) insiders ditched their stock over the past year, which may be of interest to the company's shareholders. When evaluating insider transactions, knowing whether insiders are buying versus if they selling is usually more beneficial, as the latter can be open to many interpretations. However, when multiple insiders sell stock over a specific duration, shareholders should take notice as that could possibly be a red flag.

While we would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing, logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares.

View our latest analysis for EOG Resources

The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At EOG Resources

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the Executive VP, Michael Donaldson, for US$1.1m worth of shares, at about US$117 per share. So it's clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even below the current price of US$137. We generally consider it a negative if insiders have been selling, especially if they did so below the current price, because it implies that they considered a lower price to be reasonable. While insider selling is not a positive sign, we can't be sure if it does mean insiders think the shares are fully valued, so it's only a weak sign. We note that the biggest single sale was only 8.1% of Michael Donaldson's holding.

Insiders in EOG Resources didn't buy any shares in 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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EOG Resources Insiders Are Selling The Stock

The last three months saw significant insider selling at EOG Resources. Specifically, insiders ditched US$1.4m worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any purchases whatsoever. This may suggest that some insiders think that the shares are not cheap.

Does EOG Resources Boast High Insider Ownership?

I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. EOG Resources insiders own about US$261m worth of shares (which is 0.3% of the company). This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About EOG Resources Insiders?

Insiders sold EOG Resources shares recently, but they didn't buy any. And even if we look at the last year, we didn't see any purchases. But it is good to see that EOG Resources is growing earnings. While insiders do own a lot of shares in the company (which is good), our analysis of their transactions doesn't make us feel confident about the company. 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. Our analysis shows 2 warning signs for EOG Resources (1 is concerning!) and we strongly recommend you look at them before investing.

Of course EOG Resources 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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