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IQVIA Holdings Insiders Sell US$10m Of Stock, Possibly Signalling Caution

Over the past year, many IQVIA Holdings Inc. (NYSE:IQV) insiders sold a significant stake in the company which may have piqued investors' interest. When analyzing insider transactions, it is usually more valuable to know whether insiders are buying versus knowing if they are selling, as the latter sends an ambiguous message. However, shareholders should take a deeper look if several insiders are selling stock over a specific time period.

While insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing, logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares.

Check out our latest analysis for IQVIA Holdings

The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At IQVIA Holdings

The insider, Constantinos Panagos, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$4.2m worth of shares at a price of US$209 each. So it's clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even below the current price of US$230. 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. It is worth noting that this sale was 100% of Constantinos Panagos's holding.

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In the last year IQVIA Holdings insiders didn't buy any company stock. You can see the insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart 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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IQVIA Holdings Insiders Are Selling The Stock

Over the last three months, we've seen significant insider selling at IQVIA Holdings. In total, President of Research & Development Solutions W. Staub sold US$3.5m 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 IQVIA Holdings Boast High Insider Ownership?

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. IQVIA Holdings insiders own about US$336m worth of shares (which is 0.8% of the company). I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.

So What Do The IQVIA Holdings Insider Transactions Indicate?

An insider sold stock recently, but they haven't been buying. Looking to the last twelve months, our data doesn't show any insider buying. But it is good to see that IQVIA Holdings is growing earnings. The company boasts high insider ownership, but we're a little hesitant, given the history of share sales. So while it's helpful to know what insiders are doing in terms of buying or selling, it's also helpful to know the risks that a particular company is facing. Our analysis shows 2 warning signs for IQVIA Holdings (1 can't be ignored!) and we strongly recommend you look at them before investing.

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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 of direct interests only, but not derivative transactions or indirect interests.

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