Bloomberg reports that the week ending October 29 saw the largest amount of insider selling (by notional) in S and P500 stocks in months, possibly in all of 2010 (unfortunately our records don't go back all the way to the beginning of the year). Altogether, $662 million in stock was sold in the past week, compared to purchases of just $1.6 million.
The result: an insider selling to buying ratio of 423x. This is nearly double the prior week's 229x. Yet the ratio was rescued by three brave buyers who bought up $787k and $407k worth of American Express and Procter and Gamble. Absent these two purchases the ratio would have been a disaster.
What is more important is the denominator side of the fraction, as the total selling over the week hit what appears to have been a near-term record, at a total of $662 million. Biggest selling continues to take place at the (no surprise here) tech names which continue to be bid up by investors hoping a return of the dot com bubble.
If there is a clearer indication that no bubble is imminent than relentless insider selling, someone please tell us. And this week the insider certainly are telegraphing just that when it comes to Oracle, Apple, McDonalds, Precision Castparts, EMC and Coca Cola.