12 Stocks Corporate Insiders are Abandoning in 2018

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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 - Iqvia (NYSE:IQV)

Dollar Amount of Shares Sold: $2,249,499,503.49
Number of Insider Stock Sales in the Last 180 Days: 15
Volume of Shares Sold: 22,883,441
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) and John Connaughton (Director)

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.

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

Dollar Amount of Shares Sold: $1,830,541,895.95
Number of Insider Stock Sales in the Last 180 Days: 22
Volume of Shares Sold: 20,318,458
Who Sold Shares: Alice L Walton (Major Shareholder), 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.

#3 - 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.

#4 - Facebook (NASDAQ:FB)

Dollar Amount of Shares Sold: $1,533,006,666.84
Number of Insider Stock Sales in the Last 180 Days: 57
Volume of Shares Sold: 8,669,201
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 (CTO), 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.

#5 - US Foods (NYSE:USFD)

Dollar Amount of Shares Sold: $1,116,053,119.86
Number of Insider Stock Sales in the Last 180 Days: 6
Volume of Shares Sold: 40,280,507
Who Sold Shares: David A Rickard (Insider), Fund Holdings Gp Ltd Kkr (Major Shareholder), Jay Kvasnicka (Insider), John Anthony Lederer (Director), Pietro Satriano (CEO), 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 - Godaddy (NYSE:GDDY)

Dollar Amount of Shares Sold: $909,289,498.44
Number of Insider Stock Sales in the Last 180 Days: 55
Volume of Shares Sold: 20,112,485
Who Sold Shares: Auguste Goldman (Insider), Auguste Goldman (SVP), Barbara J Rechterman (CMO), Barbara J Rechterman (Insider), Blake Irving (CEO), Blake Irving (Director), 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.

#8 - Gardner Denver (NYSE:GDI)

Dollar Amount of Shares Sold: $667,380,758.40
Number of Insider Stock Sales in the Last 180 Days: 1
Volume of Shares Sold: 25,250,880
Who Sold Shares: Fund Holdings LP Kkr (Major Shareholder)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Gardner Denver (NYSE:GDI)

Gardner Denver logoGardner Denver Holdings, Inc. is a global provider of mission-critical flow control and compression equipments and associated aftermarket parts, consumables and services. The Company operates through three business segments: Industry, Energy and Medical. Industry segment designs, manufactures, markets and services a range of air compression, vacuum and blower products. Energy segment supplies positive displacement pumps, liquid ring vacuum pumps, compressors and integrated systems, engineered fluid loading and transfer equipment and associated aftermarket parts. Medical segment designs, manufactures and supplies medical equipment, laboratory vacuum and automated liquid handling end-markets The Company’s products are sold under a range of brands namely Gardner Denver, CompAir, Nash, Emco Wheaton, Robuschi, Elmo Rietschle and Thomas.

#9 - Huntsman (NYSE:HUN)

Dollar Amount of Shares Sold: $561,179,159.42
Number of Insider Stock Sales in the Last 180 Days: 12
Volume of Shares Sold: 25,210,738
Who Sold Shares: Alvin V Shoemaker (Director), Anthony P Hankins (CEO), Corp Huntsman (Major Shareholder), J Kimo Esplin (VP), Jon M Huntsman (Chairman), Mary C Beckerle (Director) and Monte G Edlund (Insider)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Huntsman (NYSE:HUN)

Huntsman logoHuntsman Corporation is a manufacturer of differentiated organic chemical products and of inorganic chemical products. The Company operates all of its businesses through its subsidiary, Huntsman International LLC (Huntsman International). The Company operates through five segments: Polyurethanes, Performance Products, Advanced Materials, Textile Effects, and Pigments and Additives. Its Polyurethanes, Performance Products, Advanced Materials and Textile Effects segments produce differentiated organic chemical products and its Pigments and Additives segment produces inorganic chemical products. The Company's products are used in a range of applications, including those in the adhesives, aerospace, automotive, construction products, personal care and hygiene, durable and non-durable consumer products, digital inks, electronics, medical, packaging, paints and coatings, power generation, refining, synthetic fiber, textile chemicals and dye industries.

#10 - Venator Materials (NYSE:VNTR)

Dollar Amount of Shares Sold: $513,639,933.30
Number of Insider Stock Sales in the Last 180 Days: 2
Volume of Shares Sold: 23,713,755
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.

#11 - Atkore International Group (NYSE:ATKR)

Dollar Amount of Shares Sold: $508,635,835.47
Number of Insider Stock Sales in the Last 180 Days: 14
Volume of Shares Sold: 23,520,215
Who Sold Shares: Allied Holdings LP Cd&R (Major Shareholder), James A Mallak (CFO), James A Mallak (VP), John Patrick Williamson (CEO), John Patrick Williamson (Insider) and Kevin P Fitzpatrick (VP)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Atkore International Group (NYSE:ATKR)

Atkore International Group logoAtkore International Group Inc. is a manufacturer of electrical raceway products. The Company's products are primarily offered for non-residential construction and renovation markets, and mechanical products and solutions (MP&S) for the construction and industrial markets. The Company operates in two segments: Electrical Raceway and MP&S. Through the electrical raceway segment, it manufactures products that deploy, isolate and protect a structure's electrical circuitry from the original power source to the final outlet. The Company's electrical raceway segment products include electrical conduit, armored cable, cable trays, mounting systems and fittings. Through the MP&S segment, it provides products and services that frame, support and secure component parts in a range of structures, equipment and systems in electrical, industrial and construction applications. The Company's MP&S segment products include metal framing products and in-line galvanized mechanical tube.

#12 - Surgery Partners (NASDAQ:SGRY)

Dollar Amount of Shares Sold: $502,657,369.00
Number of Insider Stock Sales in the Last 180 Days: 1
Volume of Shares Sold: 26,455,651
Who Sold Shares: HIG Surgery Centers, Llc (Major Shareholder)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Surgery Partners (NASDAQ:SGRY)

Surgery Partners logoSurgery Partners, Inc. is a healthcare services company. The Company operates in three lines of business across the United States: Surgical Facility Services, Ancillary Services and Optical Services. The Company's Surgical Facility Services segment consists of the operation of ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and surgical hospitals, which include its anesthesia services. The Company's surgical facilities primarily provide non-emergency surgical procedures across a range of specialties, which include gastrointestinal (GI), general surgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics and pain management. The Company's Ancillary Services segment consists of a diagnostic laboratory, a specialty pharmacy and multi-specialty physician practices. The Company's physician practices include its owned and operated physician practices pursuant to long-term management service agreements. The Company's Optical Services segment consists of an optical laboratory, an optical products group purchasing organization.

#13 - OneMain (NYSE:OMF)

Dollar Amount of Shares Sold: $474,250,000.00
Number of Insider Stock Sales in the Last 180 Days: 3
Volume of Shares Sold: 18,500,000
Who Sold Shares: Fortress Investment Group Llc (Director) and Wesley R Edens (Director)

Insider Trades by Quarter for OneMain (NYSE:OMF)

OneMain logoOneMain Holdings, Inc. is a financial services holding company. The Company is a consumer finance company, which is engaged in providing personal loan products; credit and non-credit insurance, and service loans owned by it and service or subservice loans owned by third-parties. The Company's segments include Consumer and Insurance; Acquisitions and Servicing; Real Estate, and Other. It is engaged in pursuing strategic acquisitions and dispositions of assets and businesses, including loan portfolios or other financial assets. The Company originates and services personal loans (secured and unsecured) through two business divisions: branch operations and centralized operations. As of December 31, 2016, its combined branch operations included over 1,800 branch offices in 44 states. It offers optional credit insurance products to its customers, including credit life insurance, credit disability insurance, credit involuntary unemployment insurance and collateral protection insurance.

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