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With NVIDIA Corporation's (NASDAQ:NVDA)) price down 3.0% this week, insiders might find some solace having sold US$156m worth of shares earlier this year.

Insiders seem to have made the most of their holdings by selling US$156m worth of NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) stock at an average sell price of US$212 during the past year. The company’s market cap plunged by US$9.4b after price dropped by 3.0% last week but insiders were able to limit their loss to an extent.

While we would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether.

See our latest analysis for NVIDIA

The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At NVIDIA

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Independent Director, Mark Stevens, sold US$51m worth of shares at a price of US$186 per share. While we don't usually like to see insider selling, it's more concerning if the sales take place at a lower price. The silver lining is that this sell-down took place above the latest price (US$121). So it may not tell us anything about how insiders feel about the current share price.

Insiders in NVIDIA 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. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

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Insider Ownership Of NVIDIA

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. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. It's great to see that NVIDIA insiders own 4.0% of the company, worth about US$12b. Most shareholders would be happy to see this sort of insider ownership, since it suggests that management incentives are well aligned with other shareholders.

So What Do The NVIDIA Insider Transactions Indicate?

There haven't been any insider transactions in the last three months -- that doesn't mean much. While we feel good about high insider ownership of NVIDIA, we can't say the same about the selling of shares. If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

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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, but not derivative transactions.

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