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Latest director's on-market sharePurchases and Sales
|MERCANTILE INVESTMENT COMPANY LIMITED (MVT)||Gabriel Radzyminski||21 Dec 18||3,171||$0.165||$523|
|AUSTRALIAN FOUNDATION INVESTMENT COMPANY LIMITED (AFI)||Peter Williams||13 Dec 18||1,991||$5.900||$11,747|
|DOWNER EDI LIMITED (DOW)||Philip Garling||06 Nov 18||3,022||$6.750||$20,399|
|DOWNER EDI LIMITED (DOW)||Michael Harding||02 Nov 18||14,646||$6.820||$99,884|
|MICHAEL HILL INTERNATIONAL LIMITED (MHJ)||Janine Allis||01 Nov 18||363,815||$0.675||$245,557|
|MERCANTILE INVESTMENT COMPANY LIMITED (MVT)||James Chirnside||22 Oct 18||60,000||$0.175||$10,500|
|MICHAEL HILL INTERNATIONAL LIMITED (MHJ)||Rob Fyfe||18 Oct 18||700,000||$0.720||$504,000|
|AUSTRALIAN FOUNDATION INVESTMENT COMPANY LIMITED (AFI)||David Peever||17 Oct 18||2,000||$6.105||$12,210|
|MICHAEL HILL INTERNATIONAL LIMITED (MHJ)||Gary Smith||15 Oct 18||50,000||$0.666||$33,286|
|MERCANTILE INVESTMENT COMPANY LIMITED (MVT)||James Chirnside||19 Sep 18||115,000||$0.175||$20,125|
|WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION (WBC)||Peter Nash||14 Jun 18||2,876||$27.520||$79,148|
|AUSTRALIAN FOUNDATION INVESTMENT COMPANY LIMITED (AFI)||John Paterson||28 May 18||13,200||$6.020||$79,464|
|WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION (WBC)||Nerida Caesar||16 May 18||9,985||$30.190||$301,447|
|AUSTRALIAN FOUNDATION INVESTMENT COMPANY LIMITED (AFI)||Graeme Liebelt||22 Mar 18||81,570||$6.100||$497,577|
|AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED (ANZ)||Paula Dwyer||22 Dec 17||2,500||$28.950||$72,375|
|AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED (ANZ)||Jane Halton||21 Dec 17||4,919||$29.020||$142,749|
|AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED (ANZ)||Ilana Atlas||21 Dec 17||7,000||$28.970||$202,790|
|AUSTRALIAN FOUNDATION INVESTMENT COMPANY LIMITED (AFI)||David Peever||10 Nov 17||2,000||$5.970||$11,940|
|TELSTRA CORPORATION LIMITED (TLS)||Peter Hearl||06 Nov 17||25,000||$3.480||$87,000|
|TELSTRA CORPORATION LIMITED (TLS)||Margaret Seale||06 Nov 17||15,000||$3.485||$52,275|
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the last 20 transactions reported through NZX (as above). Very small transactions are ignored.
the last five on-market share dealings by directors on a company-by-company basis
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Directors buying - what does it mean?
A director buying is probably a better indicator of a potential rise in value than a sale is of a potential fall in value. It is hard to imagine a director buying a significant parcel of shares on-market in the knowledge that they may lose value. Rather, they think the stock is undervalued and they expect it to go up. The bigger the purchase, the better the indication, and more so if it adds to an already large holding.
Directors selling - not so critical
A sale should not necessarily be cause for alarm as there are any number of good reasons for a director to sell. They may wish to diversify their holdings, buy their spouse a car, pay off a mortgage or purchase a home.
Having said that, we are wary when an individual director, or a number of directors, are selling down over a period of time. That may be an indication of a potential fall in value. Sales by directors where key executives are departing the company are another thing to watch for. We also often see a greater number of director sales when a stock looks expensive.
How to respond to the buying and selling
On balance it is preferable to see a director buying rather than selling shares on-market.
But there is no hard evidence (to our knowledge) that suggests you should blindly follow directors' share transactions. Watch for patterns. Look at the circumstances. Does the stock look cheap and may that be the reason for a buy. Conversely are directors selling a bit more often when a stock appears to be expensive?
We carry these transactions for the purpose of serving as a guide to buying or selling your own shares. But remember there are other very significant indicators such as a good record of earnings, solid balance sheet, company prospects, competent management etc, etc.