Robert Farrell Jr., insider at Morphic Holding (NASDAQ:MORF), made a large buy and sell of company shares on September 13, according to a new SEC filing.
What Happened: A Form 4 filing from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission states that Robert Farrell Jr. purchased 4,974 Morphic Holding shares at a price of $4.32 per share for a total of $21,488 on September 13. They then sold their shares on multiple transactions in the open market. They sold at prices ranging from $65.01 to $65.14 to raise a total of $840,368 from the stock sale.
Following the transaction, Jr. still owns 10,000 shares of the company, worth $670,000.
Morphic Holding shares are trading up 0.21% at $67.0 at the time of this writing on Wednesday 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.
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.