Recent insider trends for Mondelez International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MDLZ) have caught the attention of investors. Analysts monitor insider data to understand the sentiment of a company’s largest and most important shareholders. MDLZ’s insider trading patterns have some implications for where the stock might be headed.
Institutions own 77.20% of Mondelez International, Inc. (MDLZ)’s shares. The total value of these holdings, in millions, is $49,598. Among active positions in the latest quarter, 500 holders increased their positions by a total of 84.91 million shares, 615 holders decreased the positions by a total of 91.87 million shares, and 212 holders held their positions. This works out to a net decrease in ownership of 6.97 million shares, and suggests that institutions are feeling bearish about the stock.
Among new and sold out positions, 59 holders initiated new positions by a total of 10.74 million shares and 92 holders exited their positions by a total of 9.04 million shares. This nets out to an increase of 1.7 million shares and is a bullish sign for MDLZ.
In the last three months, insiders executed a total of 8 trades. 4 of these were buys and 4 were sells. Insider ownership increased by a total of 20209 shares, which suggests that MDLZ’s key executives are feeling more optimistic about the outlook for the stock. The data from the past twelve months tells a different story: insiders executed 29 buys and 34 sells, and ownership decreased by a net of 1.35 million shares.
Short interest, or the number of a stock’s tradable shares currently being shorted, is another metric investors use to get a pulse on sentiment. Mondelez International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MDLZ)’s short interest is 13.49 million shares, or % of the float. This represents an increase of 13% in the number of shares being shorted compared to the previous reading, and implies that investors felt more pessimistic about the stock during the past two weeks.
Given what the insider ownership patterns are saying, it makes sense to consider the technicals to see if these pieces of information reach the same conclusion about the outlook for MDLZ. A composite of 13 technical indicators that includes measures such as moving averages and momentum oscillators suggests that MDLZ is a Strong buy, which implies that MDLZ is expected to outperform the market based on prior trading patterns.
Institutional ownership trends suggest that the stock is cheap and the insider trading data indicates that insiders are bullish. Technical indicators (also) suggest that Mondelez International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MDLZ) is undervalued.