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Mad Mail: Should Insider Selling Be a Concern?

Tuesday, 18 Sep 2007 | 10:03 AM ET

Dear Jim: Greetings. NVIDIA is down a few points this week on, as far as I can tell, insider selling by a few execs (about 300K shares by one exec, 100K by another). Is this enough to cause concern? If not, how do you determine when it is enough to cause concern? -- Jeff

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Cramer said: “I tend to look at tech companies and say: ‘Has the stock had a huge run?’” Many tech company executives get paid in stock so insider selling is less of a black mark on NVDA, he said. The company has strong fundamentals and Cramer would use this weakness as a buying opportunity, although it is always good to flag insider selling as potentially detrimental to a stock.

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