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Insider Buys First Community's Stock

A Form 4 filing filed with the SEC on Tuesday, August 25 showed that Johnson Richard Scott bought 5,000 shares of First Community Inc (NASDAQ:FCBC) at an average price of $19.66. The transaction moved the executive's stake in First Community to 13,749 shar

Benzinga · 08/25/2020 15:37

A Form 4 filing filed with the SEC on Tuesday, August 25 showed that Johnson Richard Scott bought 5,000 shares of First Community Inc (NASDAQ:FCBC) at an average price of $19.66. The transaction moved the executive's stake in First Community to 13,749 shares. Shares of First Community moved higher by 0.8% from the previous closing price.

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

Wall Street tends to focus on insider transactions which take place in the open market, viewed inside a Form 4 filing via 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.