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Monster insider trading alert for AMD stock

Monster insider trading alert for AMD stock
Elmaz Sabovic

As Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ: AMD) stock reached new all-time highs, surpassing the $200 mark and peaking at $211, its subsequent pullback was swift. 

This prompted insiders to swiftly capitalize on their gains by selling off shares of this semiconductor stock.

Specifically, on March 13, as AMD stock dipped below the $200 threshold, Lisa Su, the CEO of Advanced Micro Devices, sold 125,000 shares of the company at $195.13 each, amounting to a total value of $24,391,400, thus marking AMD’s stock largest insider sale since 2018.

Lisa Su insider sales of AMD stock. Source: Barchart
Lisa Su insider sales of AMD stock. Source: Barchart

This adds to a continuing trend over the past 12 months, where AMD stock has seen no insider buying activity. Instead, over 1,4 million shares were sold in 28 transactions during the same period.

AMD’s rival Nvidia also saw huge insider stock sale activity 

Whether it’s profit-taking or a potential indicator for the AI sector and its leading stocks, AMD isn’t the only company seeing active selling among insiders. Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA), another prominent player, recently witnessed insiders selling off more than $180 million of NVDA stock.

During the first week of March, Nvidia shareholders took advantage of the opportunity to cash out, collectively selling over $180 million in Nvidia shares. Notably, Tench Coxe, the third-largest shareholder of Nvidia, unloaded 200,000 NVDA shares, totaling $170 million.

Moreover, Mark Stevens, a director since 2008, sold 12,000 shares on March 4, at prices ranging from $852.06 to $855.02 per share, resulting in a sale value of approximately $10 million.

NVDA stock insider sales in March. Source: TrendSpider
NVDA stock insider sales in March. Source: TrendSpider

Insider sales plague the whole stock market

In the past month, there has been a noticeable uptick in insider trading activity across the broader stock market. Mark Zuckerberg recently sold an additional $100 million worth of Meta (NASDAQ: META) stock, while Palantir (NYSE: PLTR) also experienced significant insider selling activity totaling more than $200 million.

However, the most notable insider sales occurred outside the AI sector, where they were overshadowed by an insider sale of Walmart (NYSE: WMT) stock worth $1.7 billion by its apparent heir, Sam Walton.

Whether this surge in insider trading is simply profit-taking or a precursor to potential market turbulence, it’s certainly significant and warrants attention.

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