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TravelCenters of America Inc. (NASDAQ:TA) insiders sold US$696k worth of stock suggesting impending weakness.

A number of TravelCenters of America Inc. (NASDAQ:TA) insiders sold their shares in the last year, which may have raised concerns among investors. When analyzing insider transactions, it is usually more valuable to know whether insiders are buying versus knowing if they are selling, as the latter sends an ambiguous message. However, when multiple insiders sell stock over a specific duration, shareholders should take notice as that could possibly be a red flag.

While we would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing, logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares.

TravelCenters of America Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Executive VP & General Counsel, Mark Young, sold US$433k worth of shares at a price of US$26.26 per share. That means that even when the share price was below the current price of US$57.00, an insider wanted to cash in some shares. When an insider sells below the current price, it suggests that they considered that lower price to be fair. That makes us wonder what they think of the (higher) recent valuation. However, while insider selling is sometimes discouraging, it's only a weak signal. We note that the biggest single sale was only 26% of Mark Young's holding.

In the last year TravelCenters of America insiders didn't buy any company stock. You can see the insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

insider-trading-volumeNasdaqGS:TA Insider Trading Volume October 26th 2021

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Does TravelCenters of America Boast High Insider Ownership?

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. TravelCenters of America insiders own about US$30m worth of shares. That equates to 3.6% of the company. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it's enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At TravelCenters of America Tell Us?

The fact that there have been no TravelCenters of America insider transactions recently certainly doesn't bother us. Still, the insider transactions at TravelCenters of America in the last 12 months are not very heartening. But we do like the fact that insiders own a fair chunk of the company. In addition to knowing about insider transactions going on, it's beneficial to identify the risks facing TravelCenters of America. At Simply Wall St, we've found that TravelCenters of America has 4 warning signs (2 are concerning!) that deserve your attention before going any further with your analysis.

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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.

This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. We provide commentary based on historical data and analyst forecasts only using an unbiased methodology and our articles are not intended to be financial advice. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.

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