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A look at insider buying among ASX 200 big four bank shares

Have insiders been buying or selling? We take a look
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From time to time, it can be worthwhile reviewing insider transactions. This time we pop the hood on the big four bank shares of the ASX 200 to see whether insiders have been buying or selling.

The past month has been mixed for the share prices of Australia’s big four banks. However, sometimes the broader market can be mispricing a company in comparison to its fundamentals.

An indication of this can be the sentiment insiders have towards the share price. After all, these are the people that get to see all the inner workings of the business day-in and day-out.

On that note, let’s see what transactions have been taking place inside the ASX 200 big four banks.

Are insiders buying up ASX 200 bank shares?

Australia and New Zealand Banking Grp Ltd (ASX: ANZ)

Starting off with the least eventful of the bunch, there have been no insiders buying or selling ANZ shares in the last month. This is despite a 4.6% fall in its share price during the 30-day period. In fact, the big four banking constituent has not released any pertinent announcements in the last month either.

The last insider transaction that occurred in ANZ shares was on 1 June 2021. On this day, chief information officer Michael Bullock sold $384,722 worth of shares.

National Australia Bank Ltd (ASX: NAB)

Next on the list, is the third biggest bank share on the ASX 200, NAB — or should we say ‘JAB‘ today, in keeping with its temporary renaming? The NAB share price has fared well over the past month, rising around 5%.

It appears brokers and insiders are on the same page for this one. According to a recent note, Goldman Sachs has a buy rating on the bank with a $30.62 price target. Meanwhile,

NAB non-executive director Kathryn Fagg has also been bullish. On 17 August 2021, the non-exec bought $19,972 worth of shares via an on-market purchase.

Westpac Banking Corp (ASX: WBC)

From buying to selling — one Westpac insider has recently cashed out a large chunk of shares in this ASX 200 bank. However, this time it is contrarian to some analysts’ perspectives. According to the team at Citi, the outlook for Westpac is improving with strong economic growth ahead. As a result, the broker holds a buy rating on the bank share with a $30.00 price target.

Regardless, non-executive director Margie Seale sold $321,440 worth of Westpac shares on 1 September 2021. According to the notice, Seale still retains approximately $268,150 worth of shares at the current price.

Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA)

Last but not least, the biggest of the ASX 200 big four bank shares, Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Unfortunately for shareholders, it has experienced the worst month of the bunch. Shares in the $179 billion behemoth have fallen more than 6% in the past 30 days. However, you wouldn’t think it looking at the insider transactions during the period.

Precisely four non-executive directors bought shares in CBA on 18 August 2021. Those involved included Genevieve Bell, Anne Templeman-Jones, Robert Whitfield, and Mary Padbury. Collectively, the four purchased a total of $82,119 worth of shares.

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Motley Fool contributor Mitchell Lawler owns shares of Commonwealth Bank of Australia. The Motley Fool Australia’s parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Bruce Jackson.

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