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President Jeffrey Cote Just Bought Shares In Sensata Technologies Holding plc (NYSE:ST)

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Those following along with Sensata Technologies Holding plc (NYSE:ST) will no doubt be intrigued by the recent purchase of shares by Jeffrey Cote, President of the company, who spent a stonking US$523k on stock at an average price of US$34.86. Not only is that a big swing, but it increased their holding size by 12%, which is definitely great to see.

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Sensata Technologies Holding Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In fact, the recent purchase by Jeffrey Cote was the biggest purchase of Sensata Technologies Holding shares made by an insider individual in the last twelve months, according to our records. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of US$25.75. While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company's future. We always take careful note of the price insiders pay when purchasing shares. As a general rule, we feel more positive about a stock when an insider has bought shares at above current prices, because that suggests they viewed the stock as good value, even at a higher price. Jeffrey Cote was the only individual insider to buy shares in the last twelve months.

You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NYSE:ST Recent Insider Trading, March 18th 2020

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 Sensata Technologies Holding

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Insiders own 0.6% of Sensata Technologies Holding shares, worth about US$26m. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Sensata Technologies Holding Insiders?

It is good to see the recent insider purchase. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. Given that insiders also own a fair bit of Sensata Technologies Holding we think they are probably pretty confident of a bright future. So these insider transactions can help us build a thesis about the stock, but it's also worthwhile knowing the risks facing this company. At Simply Wall St, we've found that Sensata Technologies Holding has 3 warning signs (1 is concerning!) that deserve your attention before going any further with your analysis.

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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