Insiders Are Trading These Top Stocks in the Services Sector Now

Wall St. Watchdog looks at insider trading trends for the 10 largest companies, as measured by market capitalization, in the Services 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.

  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT): Insiders purchased 1,365,150 shares in the past 6 months, against insider sales of -1,147,320 over the past six months. Net transactions were 9 for the six month period. Insiders own 0% of the outstanding shares, of which there are 3,656,000,000. The stock recently traded at $53.59 and its market capitalization is $186,094,500,000. About the company: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates discount stores, supercenters, and neighborhood markets. The Company’s discount stores and supercenters offer merchandise such as apparel, housewares, small appliances, electronics, and hardware. Walmart’s markets offer a full-line supermarket and a limited assortment of general merchandise. The Company operates nationally and internationally.
  • AT+T Inc. (NYSE:T): Insiders purchased 1,001,770 shares in the past 6 months, against insider sales of -1,343,250 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 5,913,000,000. The stock recently traded at $29.94 and its market capitalization is $177,304,700,000. About the company: AT&T Inc. is a communications holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, provides local and long-distance phone service, wireless and data communications, Internet access and messaging, IP-based and satellite television, security services, telecommunications equipment, and directory advertising and publishing.
  • Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ): Insiders purchased 14,390 shares in the past 6 months, against insider sales of -14,390 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 2,830,000,000. The stock recently traded at $36.28 and its market capitalization is $102,639,000,000. About the company: Verizon Communications Inc. is an integrated telecommunications company that provides wire line voice and data services, wireless services, Internet services, and published directory information. The Company also provides network services for the federal government including business phone lines, data services, telecommunications equipment and payphones.
  • Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN): Insiders purchased 277,700 shares in the past 6 months, against insider sales of -268,520 over the past six months. Net transactions were -1 for the six month period. Insiders own 20% of the outstanding shares, of which there are 447,000,000. The stock recently traded at $214.18 and its market capitalization is $96,818,590,000. About the company: Amazon.com, Inc. is an online retailer that offers a wide range of products. The Company’s products include books, music, videotapes, computers, electronics, home and garden, and numerous other products. Amazon offers personalized shopping services, Web-based credit card payment, and direct shipping to customers.
  • McDonald-s Corporation (NYSE:MCD): Insiders purchased 282,180 shares in the past 6 months, against insider sales of -266,460 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 1,066,000,000. The stock recently traded at $88.02 and its market capitalization is $91,327,500,000. About the company: McDonald’s Corporation operates and franchises fast-food restaurants worldwide. The Company’s franchised and company operated fast food restaurants offer a variety of low price fast foods in locations around the world.
  • The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS): Insiders purchased 380,750 shares in the past 6 months, against insider sales of -349,270 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 1,915,000,000. The stock recently traded at $40.51 and its market capitalization is $76,570,130,000. About the company: The Walt Disney Company, an entertainment company, conducts operations in media networks, studio entertainment, theme parks and resorts, consumer products, and Internet and direct marketing. The Company produces motion pictures, television programs, and musical recordings, as well as publishes books and magazines. Disney also operates ABC radio and television and theme parks.
  • Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSK): Insiders purchased 1,638,980 shares in the past 6 months, against insider sales of -1,183,640 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 2,770,000,000. The stock recently traded at $25.24 and its market capitalization is $69,198,300,000. About the company: Comcast Corporation is a provider of video, high-speed Internet and phone services. The Company offers a variety of entertainment, information and communications services to residential and commercial customers. Comcast is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • The Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE:HD): Insiders purchased 851,330 shares in the past 6 months, against insider sales of -519,640 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 1,648,000,000. The stock recently traded at $36.39 and its market capitalization is $57,941,810,000. About the company: The Home Depot, Inc. is a home improvement retailer that sells building materials and home improvement products. The Company’s sell a wide assortment of building materials, home improvement and lawn and garden products and provide a number of services. Home Depot operates throughout the U.S. (including Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam), Canada, China, and Mexico.
  • CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE:CVS): Insiders purchased 556,820 shares in the past 6 months, against insider sales of -343,900 over the past six months. Net transactions were 12 for the six month period. Insiders own 0% of the outstanding shares, of which there are 1,367,000,000. The stock recently traded at $36.86 and its market capitalization is $49,980,000,000. About the company: CVS Caremark Corporation is an integrated pharmacy health care provider. The Company’s offerings include pharmacy benefit management services; mail order, retail and specialty pharmacy; disease management programs; and retail clinics. The company operates drugstores throughout the U.S., the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
  • eBay Inc. (NASDAQ:EBAY): Insiders purchased 1,360,240 shares in the past 6 months, against insider sales of -2,027,990 over the past six months. Net transactions were -1 for the six month period. Insiders own 11% of the outstanding shares, of which there are 1,305,593,000. The stock recently traded at $34.42 and its market capitalization is $44,359,090,000. About the company: eBay Inc. operates an online trading community. The Company’s service is used by buyers and sellers for the exchange of products and services such as coins, collectibles, computers, memorabilia, stamps and toys, as well as concert and sporting tickets. eBay also offers, through a subsidiary, secure online payment services.
“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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