12 Stocks Corporate Insiders are Abandoning in 2017

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An insider trade occurs when a corporate executive (such as a CEO, CFO or COO) that has non-public information about a company buys or sells shares of that company's stock. Company insiders are required by law to regularly report their stock purchases and sales to the SEC.

Tracking a company's insider trades is a metric that can be used to identify the direction that the company's executives believes that the company is headed. If a number of insiders sell shares of their company, they may believe that the company will have weak future earnings and that the share price will decline in the near future.

For example, if Microsoft's CEO, CFO and COO all recently sold shares of Microsoft stock, that would be an indication that there could be unreported news that may negatively effect Microsoft's stock price in the near future.

This slideshow lists the 12 companies that have had the highest levels of insider buying within the last 180 days.

#1 - Facebook (NASDAQ:FB)

Dollar Amount of Shares Sold: $3,037,772,222.16
Number of Insider Stock Sales in the Last 180 Days: 74
Volume of Shares Sold: 18,137,557
Who Sold Shares: Christopher K Cox (Insider), Colin Stretch (VP), David B Fischer (VP), David M Wehner (CFO), Jan Koum (Director), Marc L Andreessen (Director), Mark Zuckerberg (CEO), Michael Todd Schroepfer (Insider), Peter Thiel (Director) and Sheryl Sandberg (COO)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Facebook (NASDAQ:FB)

Facebook logoFacebook, Inc. is focused on building products that enable people to connect and share through mobile devices, personal computers and other surfaces. The Company's products include Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp and Oculus. Facebook enables people to connect, share, discover and communicate with each other on mobile devices and personal computers. Instagram enables people to take photos or videos, customize them with filter effects, and share them with friends and followers in a photo feed or send them directly to friends. Messenger allows communicating with people and businesses alike across a range of platforms and devices. WhatsApp Messenger is a messaging application that is used by people around the world and is available on a range of mobile platforms. Its Oculus virtual reality technology and content platform offers products that allow people to enter an interactive environment to play games, consume content and connect with others.

#2 - Iqvia (NYSE:IQV)

Dollar Amount of Shares Sold: $2,259,544,383.38
Number of Insider Stock Sales in the Last 180 Days: 16
Volume of Shares Sold: 22,994,940
Who Sold Shares: Ari Bousbib (Insider), Cpp Investment Board Private H (Major Shareholder), Dennis B Ph D Gillings (Director), Jack M Greenberg (Director), James H Erlinger III (Insider), John Connaughton (Director) and Kevin C Knightly (Insider)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Iqvia (NYSE:IQV)

Iqvia logoIQVIA Holdings Inc., formerly Quintiles IMS Holdings, Inc., provides integrated information and technology-enabled healthcare services. The Company operates through segments, including Commercial Solutions; Research & Development Solutions, and Integrated Engagement Services. The Commercial Solutions segment offerings include national information offerings, sub-national information offerings, technology solutions, and workflow analytics and consulting services. The Research & Development Solutions segment provides biopharmaceutical development services. It offers project management and clinical monitoring, clinical trial support services, Q2 solutions, and strategic planning and design. The Integrated Engagement Services segment offerings include healthcare provider engagement services, patient engagement services, and scientific strategy and medical affairs services. The Company has its operations in the Americas, Europe and Africa, and the Asia-Pacific.

#3 - Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT)

Dollar Amount of Shares Sold: $1,994,781,873.37
Number of Insider Stock Sales in the Last 180 Days: 26
Volume of Shares Sold: 22,368,080
Who Sold Shares: Alice L Walton (Major Shareholder), David Cheesewright (Insider), David Chojnowski (SVP), Gregory S Foran (Insider), Jacqueline P Canney (Insider), Jeffrey J Gearhart (Insider), Jim C Walton (Major Shareholder), John R Furner (EVP) and S Robson Walton (Director)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT)

Wal-Mart Stores logoWal-Mart Stores, Inc. is engaged in the operation of retail, wholesale and other units in various formats around the world. The Company operates through three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International and Sam's Club. The Walmart U.S. segment includes its mass merchant concept in the United States operating under the Walmart or Wal-Mart brands, as well as digital retail. The Walmart International segment consists of the Company's operations outside of the United States, including various retail Websites. The Walmart International segment includes various formats divided into three categories: retail, wholesale and other. These categories consist of various formats, including supercenters, supermarkets, and warehouse clubs, such as Sam's Clubs, cash and carry, home improvement, specialty electronics, apparel stores, drug stores and convenience stores, as well as digital retail. The Sam's Club segment includes the warehouse membership clubs in the United States, and samsclub.com.

#4 - JELD-WEN (NYSE:JELD)

Dollar Amount of Shares Sold: $1,560,803,641.42
Number of Insider Stock Sales in the Last 180 Days: 5
Volume of Shares Sold: 47,672,683
Who Sold Shares: Corp Onex (Major Shareholder), John R Linker (SVP) and Kirk S Hachigian (Chairman)

Insider Trades by Quarter for JELD-WEN (NYSE:JELD)

JELD-WEN logoJELD-WEN Holding, Inc. is a door and window manufacturer. The Company designs, produces and distributes a range of interior and exterior doors, wood, vinyl and aluminum windows, and related products for use in the new construction and repair and remodeling, of residential homes, and to an extent, non-residential buildings. It operates in three segments: North America, Europe and Australasia. It markets its products under the JELD-WEN brand, along with various regional brands, such as Swedoor and DANA in Europe and Corinthian, Stegbar and Trend in Australia. It operates over 110 manufacturing facilities in approximately 20 countries, located primarily in North America, Europe and Australia. It provides a portfolio of interior and exterior doors, windows, and related products, manufactured from a range of wood, metal, and composite materials. It manufactures wood, vinyl and aluminum windows in North America, wood and aluminum windows in Australia, and wood windows in the United Kingdom.

#5 - US Foods (NYSE:USFD)

Dollar Amount of Shares Sold: $1,107,782,590.72
Number of Insider Stock Sales in the Last 180 Days: 4
Volume of Shares Sold: 40,036,796
Who Sold Shares: Fund Holdings Gp Ltd Kkr (Major Shareholder), Jay Kvasnicka (Insider), Keith D Rohland (Insider), Steven Guberman (Insider) and Usf Co-Investor No 2 LP Cdr (Major Shareholder)

Insider Trades by Quarter for US Foods (NYSE:USFD)

US Foods logoUS Foods Holding Corp. is a holding company. The Company is a foodservice distributor in the United States. The Company, through US Foods, Inc. (USF), markets and primarily distributes fresh, frozen and dry food and non-food products to foodservice customers throughout the United States. These customers include independently owned single and multi-unit restaurants, regional concepts, national restaurant chains, hospitals, nursing homes, hotels and motels, country clubs, government and military organizations, colleges and universities, and retail locations. As of December 31, 2016, the Company provided approximately 400,000 fresh, frozen, and dry food stock-keeping units (SKUs), as well as non-food items, sourced from over 5,000 suppliers. As of January 31, 2017, it maintained 75 primary operating facilities, consisting of its 60 distribution centers and other supporting facilities.

#6 - Hilton Worldwide (NYSE:HLT)

Dollar Amount of Shares Sold: $1,077,851,654.25
Number of Insider Stock Sales in the Last 180 Days: 1
Volume of Shares Sold: 15,596,175
Who Sold Shares: Hlt Holdco Iii Llc (Major Shareholder)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Hilton Worldwide (NYSE:HLT)

Hilton Worldwide logoHilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. is a hospitality company. The Company is engaged in owning, leasing, managing and franchising hotels and resorts. The Company's segments include ownership, and management and franchise. Its global portfolio of owned and leased properties includes a range of hotels in gateway cities, such as New York City, London, San Francisco, Chicago, Sao Paolo and Tokyo. The Company's management and franchise segment manages hotels and licenses its brands to franchisees. Its brand portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio-A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned, leased, managed or franchised 4,875 hotel and resort properties, totaling 796,440 rooms in 104 countries and territories.

#7 - Altice USA (NYSE:ATUS)

Dollar Amount of Shares Sold: $1,050,085,413.60
Number of Insider Stock Sales in the Last 180 Days: 1
Volume of Shares Sold: 36,197,360
Who Sold Shares: Bc European Capital Ix Ltd (Major Shareholder)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Altice USA (NYSE:ATUS)

Altice USA logoAltice USA, Inc. is engaged in providing broadband communications and video services in the United States. The Company’s segments include Cablevision and Cequel. Cablevision provides broadband, pay television and telephony services to residential and business customers in and around the New York metropolitan area. Cequel provides broadband, pay television and telephony services to residential and business customers in the south-central United States. It also provides services through ten states of Texas, West Virginia, Louisiana, Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Arizona, California, Missouri and Ohio. The Company also provides Wi-Fi hotspot access content and advertising services. Broadband provides services, such as video streaming, content downloading for time-shifted video consumption and other applications delivered over OTT platforms. Pay Television provides services through cable network. Video services delivered over DSL networks.

#8 - Bank Of New York Mellon (NYSE:BK)

Dollar Amount of Shares Sold: $986,015,585.84
Number of Insider Stock Sales in the Last 180 Days: 12
Volume of Shares Sold: 18,639,471
Who Sold Shares: Brian T Shea (Vice Chairman), Edward P Garden (Director), Gerald L Hassell (Chairman), Thomas P Gibbons (CFO), Thomas P Gibbons (Vice Chairman) and Trian Fund Management, LP (Director)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Bank Of New York Mellon (NYSE:BK)

Bank Of New York Mellon logoThe Bank of New York Mellon Corporation is an investments company. The Company operates businesses through two segments: Investment Management and Investment Services. The Company also has an Other segment, which includes the leasing portfolio, corporate treasury activities (including its investment securities portfolio), derivatives and other trading, corporate and bank-owned life insurance and renewable energy investments, and business exits. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had $29.9 trillion in assets under custody and/or administration and $1.6 trillion in assets under management. The Company's Investment Management boutiques offer a range of actively managed equity, fixed income, alternative and liability-driven investments, along with passive products and cash management. The Company offers asset servicing, clearing services, issuer services and treasury services to its clients.

#9 - Venator Materials (NYSE:VNTR)

Dollar Amount of Shares Sold: $963,504,818.00
Number of Insider Stock Sales in the Last 180 Days: 2
Volume of Shares Sold: 47,869,800
Who Sold Shares: Corp Huntsman (Major Shareholder)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Venator Materials (NYSE:VNTR)

Venator Materials logoVenator Materials PLC is a manufacturer and marketer of chemical products. The Company is engaged in manufacturing titanium dioxide (TiO2), functional additives, color pigments, timber treatment and water treatment products. It operates through two segments: Titanium Dioxide and Performance Additives. The Company derives TiO2 is from titanium bearing ores and is a white inert pigment that provides whiteness, opacity and brightness to thousands of everyday items, including coatings, plastics, paper, printing inks, fibers, food and personal care products. Functional additives are barium and zinc based inorganic chemicals. It also manufactures zinc and barium functional additives. It also manufactures wood protection chemicals used primarily in residential and commercial applications. The Company operates 27 manufacturing facilities in 10 countries with a total nameplate production capacity of approximately 1.3 million metric tons per year.

#10 - Godaddy (NYSE:GDDY)

Dollar Amount of Shares Sold: $906,451,255.84
Number of Insider Stock Sales in the Last 180 Days: 61
Volume of Shares Sold: 20,151,094
Who Sold Shares: Auguste Goldman (Insider), Auguste Goldman (SVP), Barbara J Rechterman (CMO), Barbara J Rechterman (Insider), Betsy Rafael (Director), Blake Irving (CEO), James M Carroll (EVP), Lake Group LLC Silver (Major Shareholder), Nima Kelly (EVP), Raymond E Winborne Jr (CFO), Rick Kimball (Director), Robert R Parsons (Director) and Scott Wagner (COO)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Godaddy (NYSE:GDDY)

Godaddy logoGoDaddy Inc. is a technology provider to small businesses, Web design professionals and individuals. The Company delivers cloud-based products and personalized customer care. It operates a domain marketplace, where its customers can find the digital real estate that matches their idea. It provides Website building, hosting and security tools to help customers construct and protect online presence. It provides applications that enable connecting to customers and managing businesses. The Company provides search, discovery and recommendation tools, as well as a selection of domain name for ventures. It provides productivity tools, such as domain-specific e-mail, online storage, invoicing, bookkeeping and payment solutions to run ventures, as well as marketing products. The Company's products, including GoCentral enable to build a Website or online store for both desktop and mobile. Its products are powered by a cloud platform and enable its customers to get found online.

#11 - TransUnion (NYSE:TRU)

Dollar Amount of Shares Sold: $864,605,864.04
Number of Insider Stock Sales in the Last 180 Days: 22
Volume of Shares Sold: 18,358,085
Who Sold Shares: Andrew Burgess (Director), Christopher A Cartwright (EVP), Christopher Egan (Director), Goldman Sachs Group Inc (Major Shareholder), James M Peck (CEO), James M Peck (Insider), John T Danaher (EVP), John W Blenke (EVP), Samuel A Hamood (EVP), Siddharth N Mehta (Director), Timothy Elberfeld (CAO) and Todd M Cello (CFO)

Insider Trades by Quarter for TransUnion (NYSE:TRU)

TransUnion logoTransUnion is a risk and information solutions provider to businesses and consumers. The Company provides consumer reports, risk scores, analytical services and decision capabilities to businesses. The Company operates through three segments: U.S. Information Services (USIS), International and Consumer Interactive. The USIS segment provides consumer reports, risk scores, analytical services and decisioning capabilities to businesses. The International segment provides services similar to its USIS segment to businesses in select regions outside the United States. The Consumer Interactive segment offers solutions that help consumers manage their personal finances and take precautions against identity theft. Businesses uses its solutions for their process workflows to assess consumer ability to pay for services, measure and manage debt portfolio risk, collect debt, verify consumer identities and investigate potential fraud.

#12 - Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ:WLTW)

Dollar Amount of Shares Sold: $780,517,063.26
Number of Insider Stock Sales in the Last 180 Days: 23
Volume of Shares Sold: 5,165,295
Who Sold Shares: Brendan R Oneill (Director), Jeffrey W Ubben (Director), Jeffrey W Ubben (Insider) and Roger F Millay (CFO)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ:WLTW)

Willis Towers Watson logoWillis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (Willis Towers Watson) is a holding company. The Company operates as a global advisory, broking and solutions company. It is engaged in offering risk management, insurance broking, consulting, technology and solutions, and private exchanges. The Company operates through eight segments: Willis International; Willis North America; Willis Capital, Wholesale & Reinsurance (CWR); Willis GB; Towers Watson Benefits; Towers Watson Exchange Solutions; Towers Watson Risk and Financial Services; and Towers Watson Talent and Rewards. The Willis GB segment comprises four business units: Property and Casualty, Transport, Financial Lines and Retail Networks. The Willis Capital Wholesale and Reinsurance segment includes Willis Re; Willis Capital Markets & Advisory; Willis' wholesale business, and Willis Portfolio Underwriting Services. The Willis North America segment provides risk management, insurance brokerage and related risk services.

#13 - PRA Health Sciences (NASDAQ:PRAH)

Dollar Amount of Shares Sold: $748,908,688.50
Number of Insider Stock Sales in the Last 180 Days: 4
Volume of Shares Sold: 10,005,115
Who Sold Shares: Colin Shannon (CEO), Linda Baddour (VP), Matthew P Young (Director) and Pra Investors LP Kkr (Major Shareholder)

Insider Trades by Quarter for PRA Health Sciences (NASDAQ:PRAH)

PRA Health Sciences logoPRA Health Sciences, Inc. is a contract research organization. The Company provides outsourced clinical development services to the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. The Company offers therapeutic services in areas of pharmaceutical development, including oncology, central nervous system, inflammation and infectious diseases. Its services include data management, statistical analysis, clinical trial management, and regulatory and drug development consulting. It provides its clients with clinical development service offerings, which includes both traditional, project-based Phase I through Phase IV services, as well as embedded and functional outsourcing services. As of December 31, 2016, its clinical development platform included approximately 70 offices across North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America, South Africa, Australia and the Middle East. The Company's service offerings include product registration, strategic solutions and early development services.







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