Fortive President and CEO Acquires 185,540 Shares After Exercising Company Stock Options

JAMES LICO, President and CEO at Fortive FTV, reported a large exercise of company stock options on July 31, according to a new SEC filing.

What Happened: A Form 4 filing from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday showed that LICO, President and CEO at Fortive, a company in the Industrials sector, just exercised stock options worth 185,540 shares of FTV stock with an exercise price of $27.26.

Fortive shares are trading down 0.45% at $78.0 at the time of this writing on Tuesday morning. Since the current price is $78.0, this makes LICO's 185,540 shares worth $14,471,192.

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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.

Important Transaction Codes

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.

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