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Insiders of Linde plc (NYSE:LIN) are up 9.5% on their US$1.1m purchase after Linde plc (NYSE:LIN) rose 3.8% last week

Last week, Linde plc (NYSE:LIN) insiders, who had purchased shares in the previous 12 months were rewarded handsomely. The shares increased by 3.8% last week, resulting in a US$5.0b increase in the company's market worth. Put another way, the original US$1.1m acquisition is now worth US$1.2m.

Although we don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether.

View our latest analysis for Linde

Linde Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by CEO & Director Sanjiv Lamba for US$1.0m worth of shares, at about US$269 per share. That implies that an insider found the current price of US$298 per share to be enticing. Of course they may have changed their mind. But this suggests they are optimistic. If someone buys shares at well below current prices, it's a good sign on balance, but keep in mind they may no longer see value. Happily, the Linde insiders decided to buy shares at close to current prices.

In the last twelve months Linde insiders were buying shares, but not selling. 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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There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.

Insider Ownership Of Linde

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Linde insiders own 0.2% of the company, currently worth about US$285m based on the recent share price. I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Linde Tell Us?

There haven't been any insider transactions in the last three months -- that doesn't mean much. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. Judging from their transactions, and high insider ownership, Linde insiders feel good about the company's future. 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. Every company has risks, and we've spotted 1 warning sign for Linde you should know about.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of interesting 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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