The Dumbest Reason for a Stock to Fall

FactSet‘s (FDS) stock is down because the co-founder, Charles Snyder, sold 1 million shares. Note tense. He already sold the shares. If anyone is keeping track, the company has about 49 million shares outstanding. Synder’s sale represents a tiny portion of the company.
It was only a week ago that the stock jumped on its earnings news. There’s nothing wrong with Mr. Snyder cashing in. Afterall, there are a zillion reasons to sell a stock. Myabe he wants to diversify. It’s not necesarily because management thinks that the shares going to tank. Snyder still owns over 4 million shares.
It’s very easy to draw the wrong conclusions from insider selling.

Posted by on June 27th, 2006 at 1:53 pm

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