Fred Hite, Coo And Cfo at Orthopediatrics KIDS, made a large insider sell on September 2, according to a new SEC filing.
What Happened: A Form 4 filing from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday showed that Hite sold 5,000 shares of Orthopediatrics at a price of $71.5 per share. The total transaction amounted to $357,500.
Following the transaction, Hite still owns 65,805 shares of the company, worth $4,555,022.
Orthopediatrics shares are trading down 3.22% at $69.22 at the time of this writing on Tuesday afternoon.
Why Insider Transactions Are Important
Insider transactions shouldn't be used primarily to make an investing decision, however an insider transaction can be an important factor in the investing decision.
In legal terms, an "insider" refers to any shareholder who owns at least 10% of a company. This can include executives in the c-suite and large hedge funds. These insiders are required to let the public know of their transactions via a Form 4 filing, which must be filed within two business days of the transaction.
When a company insider makes a new purchase, that is an indication that they expect the stock to rise.
Insider sells, on the other hand, can be made for a variety of reasons, and may not necessarily mean that the seller thinks the stock will go down.
Transaction Codes To Focus On
Investors prefer focusing on transactions that take place in the open market, indicated in Table I of the Form 4 filing. A P in Box 3 indicates a purchase, while S indicates a sale. Transaction code C indicates the conversion of an option, and transaction code A indicates the insider may have been forced to sell shares in order to receive compensation that had been promised upon being hired by the company.
To get more information on Fred Hite's previous transactions, check out the insider's net worth page.
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