Notable Palantir Technologies Insider Trades $42M In Company Stock

Alexander Karp, Insider at Palantir Technologies PLTR, made a large buy and sell of company shares on November 18, according to a new SEC filing.

What Happened: A Form 4 filing from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission states that Alexander Karp exercised options to purchase 1,915,887 Palantir Technologies shares for $0 on November 18. They then sold their shares on multiple transactions in the open market. They sold at prices ranging from $21.66 to $22.91 to raise a total of $42,943,853 from the stock sale.

Following the transaction, Karp still owns 6,432,258 shares of the company, worth $140,062,417.00.

Palantir Technologies shares are trading up 1.28% at $21.77 at the time of this writing on Friday morning.

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.

Check Out The Full List Of Palantir Technologies's Insider Trades.

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