Selling Buzz: Linde plc [LIN] Principal Accounting Officer Hoyt Kelcey E sells 2,932 shares of the company


The buying and selling of stock by a company’s insider give investors a sense that the stock will rise or fall in the future. Linde plc shares valued at $979,016 were sold by Hoyt Kelcey E on Nov 16. At $333.91 per share, Hoyt Kelcey E sold 2,932 shares. The insider’s holdings dropped to 6,470 shares worth approximately $2.28 million following the completion of this transaction.

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Also, Strauss David P sold 2,166 shares, netting a total of over 726,931 in proceeds. Following the sale of shares at $335.61 each, the insider now holds 20,582 shares.

Before that, ANGEL STEPHEN F had sold 74,227 shares from its account. In a trade valued at $24,532,766, the Director traded Linde plc shares for $330.51 each. Upon closing the transaction, the insider’s holdings decreased to 74,227 shares, worth approximately $121.66 million.

As published in a research note from Seaport Research Partners on October 13, 2022, Linde plc [LIN] has been rated up from a Neutral to a Buy and the price target has been revised to $330. This represents a -6.59% premium over Thursday’s closing price. Analysts at Goldman started covering the stock with ‘”a Buy”‘ outlook in a report released in mid October. As of August 10, 2022, Stifel has increased its “Hold” rating to a “Buy” for LIN. Earlier on May 31, 2022, Evercore ISI upgraded its rating. Their new recommendation was “an Outperform” for LIN stock which previously was a “an In-line”.

Analyzing LIN Stock Performance

On Thursday, Linde plc [NYSE: LIN] rose 0.49% to $351.75. The stock’s lowest price that day was $349.55, but it reached a high of $354.38 in the same session. During the last five days, there has been a surge of approximately 5.98%. Over the course of the year, Linde plc shares have jumped approximately 7.84%. Shares of the company reached a 52-week high of $356.18 on 03/01/23 and a 52-week low of $302.17 on 01/05/23. A 50-day SMA is recorded $329.30, while a 200-day SMA reached $307.97. Nevertheless, trading volume fell to 2.08 million shares from 3.27 million shares the previous day.

Support And Resistance Levels for Linde plc (LIN)

According to the 24-hour chart, there is a support level at 349.41, which, if violated, would cause prices to drop to 347.06. In the upper region, resistance lies at 354.24. The next price resistance is at 356.72. RSI (Relative Strength Index) is 66.79 on the 14-day chart, showing neutral technical sentiment. Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) is at 13.88, which suggests the price will increase in the coming days. Percent R is at 11.99%, indicating bullish price movement. Stochastics %K at selling indicates that the stock is to be held.

Is Linde plc subject to short interest?

Stocks of Linde plc saw a sharp rise in short interest on Jan 12, 2023 jumping by 0.42 million shares to 3.71 million. Data from Yahoo Finance shows that the short interest on Dec 14, 2022 was 3.29 million shares. A jump of 11.32% in short interest reflects a positive sentiment towards the stock. Despite the fact that short shares comprise just 2.11 of the overall float, the days-to-cover ratio (short ratio) jumped to 2.11.

Which companies own the most shares of Linde plc (LIN)?

According to The Vanguard Group, Inc. filings, the company currently owns 44,612,913 shares, which is about 9.02% of the total LIN shares outstanding. The investor’s shares have appreciated by 243,230 from its previous 13-F filing of 44369683.0 shares. With the completion of the sale transaction, BlackRock Fund Advisors’s stake is now worth $7,224,999,676. SSgA Funds Management, Inc. reduced a -1.61% interest valued at $6.49 billion while Capital Research & Management Co purchased a 369,665 stake. A total of 5,231 shares of Linde plc were bought by Capital Research & Management Co during the quarter, and 494,438 were bought by Massachusetts Financial Services. In its current portfolio, Fidelity Management & Research Co holds 10,527,770 shares valued at $3.48 billion.

In terms of Linde plc share price expectations, FactSet research, analysts set an average price target of $371.18 in the next 12 months, up nearly 7.13% from the previous closing price of $350.05. Analysts anticipate Linde plc stock to reach $418.00 by 2023, with the lowest price target being $299.39. In spite of this, 29 analysts ranked Linde plc stock as an Overweight at the end of 2023. On May 31, 2022, Credit Suisse assigned a price target of “an Outperform” to the stock and initiated coverage with a $380.


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