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Shirley Franklin, Director at Mueller Water Products (NYSE:MWA), made a large buy and sell of company shares on October 1, according to a new SEC filing.
What Happened: A Form 4 filing from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission states that Shirley Franklin exercised options to purchase 5,112 Mueller Water Products shares at prices ranging from $8.58 to $9.97 per share for a total of $47,611 on October 1. They then sold their shares on the same day in the open market. They sold at a price of $15.28 to raise a total of $78,111 from the stock sale.
Following the transaction, Franklin still owns 60,554 shares of Mueller Water Products worth $931,926.
Mueller Water Products shares are trading down 0.52% at $15.39 at the time of this writing on Tuesday morning.
The Importance of Insider Transactions
Insider transactions shouldn't be used primarily to make an investing decision, however, they can be an important factor for an investor to consider.
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.
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