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Shares of Bank of the James Finl Gr Inc (NASDAQ:BOTJ) moved higher by 2% from the previous closing price. Alford John R Jr filed a Form 4 with the SEC on Monday, November 23. The insider bought 750 shares at an average price of $11.70. After the transaction, the executive's stake in Bank of the James Finl Gr Inc. moved to 13,722 shares.
The Importance of Insider Transactions
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.
When an insider buys stock after an important sell off, that can indicate the insider's faith in the success of the organization. Henceforth, if the stock is bought at new highs, it might be because the insider feels that the stock is not overvalued. Insiders who sell stock at new lows could be anticipating some capitulation moment. If the insider sells at new highs, it could point to the intention to "take some profit" and "lock in a gain."
Transaction Codes To Focus On
Investors prefer focusing on transactions which take place in the open market, indicated in the Form 4 with codes P for purchase and S for sale. If the transaction was an open-market transaction, that means that the insider made a concious decision for the company's stock moving forward.
Transaction codes besides P or S aren't relatively important as they are seldom tied to a decision by the executive. For example, transaction code A is indicative of an insider being forced to sell shares to attain compensation. Moreover, transaction code C indicates the conversion of an option.
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