There are many reasons why insiders sell stock in their own company. Some decide to diversify their holdings, others may do it for tax reasons, while many investors see a rally in the company’s stock as excessive and find the current price level as a good opportunity to unload their shares. Insider sales could be potential red flags, sending a strong signal to investors that, perhaps, now may be a good time to sell the shares. Here are four dividend-yielding stocks that recently insiders have been selling heavily.
FirstEnergy (FE) is a $20.3 billion diversified energy company providing electric power to 6 million customers in six U.S. states. The utility company pays a dividend yield of 4.6% on a payout ratio of 81%. FirstEnergy’s peers Dominion Resources (D) and American Electric Power Co. (AEP) pay dividend yields of 3.9% and 4.7%, respectively. The company’s shares have hit 52-week high of $48.49 and are up 13.3% from the beginning of the year.