Should You Take Comfort From Insider Transactions At Trevena, Inc. (NASDAQ:TRVN)?

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We've lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Trevena, Inc. (NASDAQ:TRVN).

What Is Insider Selling?

It's quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. As Peter Lynch said, 'insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.'

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Trevena

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Independent Chairman Leon Moulder for US$102k worth of shares, at about US$1.02 per share. That implies that an insider found the current price of US$1.02 per share to be enticing. That means they have been optimistic about the company in the past, though they may have changed their mind. While we always like to see insider buying, it's less meaningful if the purchases were made at much lower prices, as the opportunity they saw may have passed. Happily, the Trevena insiders decided to buy shares at close to current prices.

In the last twelve months insiders paid US$162k for 158k shares purchased. Trevena may have bought shares in the last year, but they didn't sell any. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NasdaqGS:TRVN Recent Insider Trading, July 19th 2019

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Are Trevena Insiders Buying Or Selling?

There was some insider buying at Trevena over the last quarter. John Hamill shelled out US$8.7k for shares in that time. It's great to see that insiders are only buying, not selling. But the amount invested in the last three months isn't enough for us too put much weight on it, as a single factor.

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. From looking at our data, insiders own US$993k worth of Trevena stock, about 1.1% of the company. We prefer to see high levels of insider ownership.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Trevena Tell Us?

Our data shows a little insider buying, but no selling, in the last three months. The net investment is not enough to encourage us much. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. We'd like to see bigger individual holdings. However, we don't see anything to make us think Trevena insiders are doubting the company. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Trevena, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.

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