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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. The flip side of that is that there are more than a few examples of insiders dumping stock prior to a period of weak performance. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in ON Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:ON).

What Is Insider Buying?

It's quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. For example, a Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.

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ON Semiconductor Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer, George Cave, sold US$343k worth of shares at a price of US$22.84 per share. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of US$19.10. We generally don't like to see insider selling, but the lower the sale price, the more it concerns us. Given that the sale took place at around current prices, it makes us a little cautious but is hardly a major concern.

Over the last year, we note insiders sold 40532 shares worth US$842k. In the last year ON Semiconductor insiders didn't buy any company stock. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NasdaqGS:ON Recent Insider Trading, September 27th 2019

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Insiders at ON Semiconductor Have Sold Stock Recently

The last three months saw significant insider selling at ON Semiconductor. In total, insider Simon Keeton dumped US$176k worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any purchases whatsoever. Overall this makes us a bit cautious, but it's not the be all and end all.

Insider Ownership of ON Semiconductor

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. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. ON Semiconductor insiders own 1.9% of the company, currently worth about US$147m based on the recent share price. Most shareholders would be happy to see this sort of insider ownership, since it suggests that management incentives are well aligned with other shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At ON Semiconductor Tell Us?

An insider sold stock recently, but they haven't been buying. And there weren't any purchases to give us comfort, over the last year. It is good to see high insider ownership, but the insider selling leaves us cautious. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in ON Semiconductor, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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