Insiders are Buying and Selling Shares in These Top Consumer Cyclical Stocks

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

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.

  • Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F): Insiders purchased 11,068,430 shares in the past 6 months, against insider sales of -4,891,010 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 3,449,000,000. The stock recently traded at $12.94 and its market capitalization is $49,148,520,000. About the company: Ford Motor Company designs, manufactures, and services cars and trucks. The Company also provides vehicle-related financing, leasing, and insurance through its subsidiary.
  • General Motors Company (NYSE:GM): Insiders purchased 506,870 shares in the past 6 months, against insider sales of -226,388,150 over the past six months. Net transactions were 3 for the six month period. Insiders own 2% of the outstanding shares, of which there are 1,500,000,000. The stock recently traded at $29.09 and its market capitalization is $43,652,450,000. About the company:  General Motors Co. manufactures and markets new cars and trucks. The Company offers features for special needs drivers, OnStar vehicle protection, service, parts, accessories, maintenance, XM satellite radio, features for commercial owners, and more. General Motors offers its vehicles and services worldwide.
  • NIKE, Inc. (NYSE:NKE): Insiders purchased 461,940 shares in the past 6 months, against insider sales of -467,370 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 475,500,000. The stock recently traded at $90.33 and its market capitalization is $42,891,420,000. About the company: NIKE, Inc. designs, develops, and markets athletic footwear, apparel, equipment, and accessory products for men, women, and children. The Company sells its products worldwide to retail stores, through its own stores, subsidiaries, and distributors.
  • Johnson Controls, Inc. (NYSE:JCI): Insiders purchased 216,000 shares in the past 6 months, against insider sales of -266,000 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 672,000,000. The stock recently traded at $38.80 and its market capitalization is $26,323,830,000. About the company:  Johnson Controls, Inc. markets automotive systems and building controls. The Company supplies seating systems, interior systems, and batteries. Johnson Controls also provides building control systems and services, energy management, and integrated facility management, as well as provides batteries for automobiles and hybrid electric vehicles.
  • PACCAR Inc (NASDAQ:PCAR): Insiders purchased 510,300 shares in the past 6 months, against insider sales of -411,860 over the past six months. Net transactions were 10 for the six month period. Insiders own 1% of the outstanding shares, of which there are 365,000,000. The stock recently traded at $45.02 and its market capitalization is $16,451,590,000. About the company:  PACCAR Inc designs, develops, manufactures, and distributes light-, medium-, and heavy-duty trucks, and related aftermarket distribution of parts. The Company also offers finance and leasing services to its customers and dealers.
  • V.F. Corporation (NYSE:VFC): Insiders purchased 216,340 shares in the past 6 months, against insider sales of -140,310 over the past six months. Net transactions were 13 for the six month period. Insiders own 0% of the outstanding shares, of which there are 108,764,000. The stock recently traded at $117.62 and its market capitalization is $12,867,450,000. About the company:  VF Corporation is an international apparel company. The Company owns a broad portfolio of brands in the jeanswear, outerwear, packs, footwear, sportswear and occupational apparel categories. VF Corp’s products are marketed to consumers shopping in specialty stores, upscale and traditional department stores, national chains and mass merchants.
  • Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE:RL): Insiders purchased 140,570 shares in the past 6 months, against insider sales of -118,680 over the past six months. Net transactions were 4 for the six month period. Insiders own 1% of the outstanding shares, of which there are 96,000,000. The stock recently traded at $137.40 and its market capitalization is $12,704,370,000. About the company:  Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation designs, markets, and distributes men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, accessories, fragrances, and home furnishings. The Company’s products are sold under a wide range of brands. Polo’s operations include Wholesale, Retail and Licensing.
  • Stanley Black + Decker, Inc. (NYSE:SWK): Insiders purchased 450,910 shares in the past 6 months, against insider sales of -556,590 over the past six months. Net transactions were -5 for the six month period. Insiders own 1% of the outstanding shares, of which there are 147,224,000. The stock recently traded at $67.78 and its market capitalization is $11,394,680,000. About the company:  Stanley Black & Decker Inc. is a diversified worldwide supplier of tools and solutions for professional, industrial and construction and do-it-yourself use. The Company’s products include mechanical and electronic security products and systems, professional industrial and automotive mechanics tools, hand tools, consumer mechanics tools, storage systems, pneumatic tools and fasteners.
  • Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE:HOG): Insiders purchased 85,730 shares in the past 6 months, against insider sales of -51,860 over the past six months. Net transactions were 3 for the six month period. Insiders own 47% of the outstanding shares, of which there are 233,312,000. The stock recently traded at $45.51 and its market capitalization is $10,752,750,000. About the company:  Harley-Davidson, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells motorcycles. The Company’s products include heavyweight touring, custom, and performance motorcycles, as well as a line of motorcycle parts, accessories, and general merchandise. Harley-Davidson also provides motorcycle floor planning and parts and accessories financing to its North American and European dealers.
  • W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW): Insiders purchased 51,050 shares in the past 6 months, against insider sales of -53,820 over the past six months. Net transactions were -3 for the six month period. Insiders own 2% of the outstanding shares, of which there are 70,836,950. The stock recently traded at $149.99 and its market capitalization is $10,389,890,000. About the company: W.W. Grainger, Inc. distributes maintenance, repair and operating supplies, and related information to the commercial, industrial, contractor, and institutional markets in North America. The Company’s products include motors, HVAC equipment, lighting, hand and power tools, pumps, and electrical equipment.
“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.

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

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