Insider Energy Stock Trading Trends You Need to Know

Wall St. Watchdog looks at insider trading trends for the 10 largest companies, as measured by market capitalization, in the Energy sector.  The insider trading data cover the past six months.

“Insider net transactions” shows the general bullishness of company insiders.  If more insider purchases than sales were made over the six month period, then this value is a positive number; conversely, if more insider sales than purchases were made, this value is a negative number.  The further away from zero this value is, the more bullish (positive) or bearish (negative number) the company’s insiders.  Obviously, a value of zero represents an equal number of sellers and buyers.  Note, also, that the number of shares sold can exceed the number of shares purchased over the six month period, yet the “insider net transactions” number can be positive.  The opposite can be true as well: the number of shares purchased can exceed the number of shares sold, yet the number of sale transactions can be greater than the number of purchase transactions.

Criteria for this stock screen are:

  • Market capitalization greater than $1 billion
  • Insider shares purchased is greater than 0
  • Insider shares sold is greater than 0

Finally, note that the number of shares sold by insiders is shown as a negative number.

  • Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM): Insiders purchased 540,860 shares in the past 6 months, against insider sales of -543,050 over the past six months. Net transactions were -4 for the six month period. Insiders own 0% of the outstanding shares, of which there are 4,885,000,000. The stock recently traded at $84.37 and its market capitalization is $415,613,800,000. About the company: Exxon Mobil Corporation operates petroleum and petrochemicals businesses on a worldwide basis. The Company’s operations include exploration and production of oil and gas, electric power generation, and coal and minerals operations. Exxon Mobil also manufactures and markets fuels, lubricants, and chemicals. Exxon Mobil Earnings Cheat Sheet: Profits Grow by Double Digits For Fifth Straight Quarter>>
  • Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE:SLB): Insiders purchased 619,220 shares in the past 6 months, against insider sales of -673,190 over the past six months. Net transactions were 8 for the six month period. Insiders own 0% of the outstanding shares, of which there are 1,250,000,000. The stock recently traded at $93.93 and its market capitalization is $127,457,400,000. About the company:  Schlumberger Limited is an oil services company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, provides a wide range of services, including technology, project management and information solutions to the international petroleum industry as well as advanced acquisition and data processing surveys.
  • ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP): Insiders purchased 75,730 shares in the past 6 months, against insider sales of -67,500 over the past six months. Net transactions were 0 for the six month period. Insiders own 0% of the outstanding shares, of which there are 1,479,330,000. The stock recently traded at $73.61 and its market capitalization is $104,048,200,000. About the company: ConocoPhillips is an international, integrated energy company which operates in several business segments. The Company explores for and produces petroleum, and refines, markets, supplies, and transports petroleum. ConocoPhillips also gathers and processes natural gas, and produces and distributes chemicals and plastics.
  • Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:OXY): Insiders purchased 746,070 shares in the past 6 months, against insider sales of -435,540 over the past six months. Net transactions were 8 for the six month period. Insiders own 1% of the outstanding shares, of which there are 812,500,000. The stock recently traded at $104.83 and its market capitalization is $85,213,650,000. About the company: Occidental Petroleum Corporation explores for, develops, produces, and markets crude oil and natural gas. The Company also manufactures and markets a variety of basic chemicals, vinyls and performance chemicals. Occidental also gathers, treats, processes, transports, stores, trades and markets crude oil, natural gas, NGLs, condensate and carbon dioxide (CO2) and generates and markets power.
  • Halliburton Company (NYSE:HAL): Insiders purchased 655,960 shares in the past 6 months, against insider sales of -1,076,010 over the past six months. Net transactions were -2 for the six month period. Insiders own 0% of the outstanding shares, of which there are 908,000,000. The stock recently traded at $56.55 and its market capitalization is $52,005,450,000. About the company: Halliburton Company provides energy services and engineering and construction services, as well as manufactures products for the energy industry. The Company offers services and products and integrated solutions to customers in the exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas.
  • Apache Corporation (NYSE:APA): Insiders purchased 175,440 shares in the past 6 months, against insider sales of -193,270 over the past six months. Net transactions were 2 for the six month period. Insiders own 0% of the outstanding shares, of which there are 352,000,000. The stock recently traded at $127.73 and its market capitalization is $50,670,200,000. About the company: Apache Corporation is an independent energy company. The Company explores for, develops, and produces natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas liquids. The Company has operations in North America, onshore Egypt, offshore Western Australia, offshore the United Kingdom in the North Sea (North Sea), and onshore Argentina, as well as on the Chilean side of the island of Tierra del Fuego.
  • Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:APC): Insiders purchased 161,790 shares in the past 6 months, against insider sales of -274,800 over the past six months. Net transactions were 5 for the six month period. Insiders own 0% of the outstanding shares, of which there are 495,000,000. The stock recently traded at $84.28 and its market capitalization is $41,931,050,000. About the company: Anadarko Petroleum Corporation is an independent oil and gas exploration and production company with international operations. In the United States, the Company operates in Texas and surrounding states, the Rocky Mountain region, Alaska, and the Gulf of Mexico. Internationally, Anadarko has exploration and/or production operations in Africa, Asia, South America, and the Caribbean.
  • Devon Energy Corporation (NYSE:DVN): Insiders purchased 205,060 shares in the past 6 months, against insider sales of -153,830 over the past six months. Net transactions were 4 for the six month period. Insiders own 0% of the outstanding shares, of which there are 440,000,000. The stock recently traded at $82.79 and its market capitalization is $35,020,170,000. About the company:  Devon Energy Corporation is an independent energy company that is involved primarily in oil and gas exploration, development and production, the transportation of oil, gas, and NGLs and the processing of natural gas. The Company also has marketing and midstream operations primarily in North America that include gas, crude oil and NGLs.
  • National-Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NYSE:NOV): Insiders purchased 154,680 shares in the past 6 months, against insider sales of -107,510 over the past six months. Net transactions were 6 for the six month period. Insiders own 0% of the outstanding shares, of which there are 417,000,000. The stock recently traded at $81.96 and its market capitalization is $34,675,410,000. About the company: National Oilwell Varco Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells machinery, equipment, and downhole products used in oil and gas drilling and production. The Company also provides oilfield inspection and other services, and supply chain integration services to the upstream oil and gas industry.
  • Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE:BHI): Insiders purchased 571,000 shares in the past 6 months, against insider sales of -776,870 over the past six months. Net transactions were -1 for the six month period. Insiders own 0% of the outstanding shares, of which there are 394,000,000. The stock recently traded at $79.75 and its market capitalization is $34,662,120,000. About the company:  Baker Hughes Incorporated supplies reservoir-centered products, services, and systems to the worldwide oil and gas industry. The Company provides products and services for oil and gas exploration, drilling, completion, and production. Baker Hughes also manufactures and markets a variety of roller cutter bits and fixed cutter diamond bits.

(Note: Selected financial data are sourced from screener.co.  All data are assumed to be accurate.)

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