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Insider Alert: Top Exec Selling Stock

A big CEO is selling stock in his own company. Who’s dumping their shares and why?

According to SEC filings Moody's CEO Raymond McDaniel has exercised an option to sell 100,000 shares at $29.00/share.

The traders are particularly interested in these developments considering McDaniel exercised the options worth about $4.3 million on March 18, the same day that his company received the Wells notice, according to the New York Times.

(A Wells notice alerts a firm to a potential enforcement action).

In this instance, the SEC is probing whether Moody’s may have misled regulators in a 2007 application to remain a nationally recognized rating agency. The SEC is specifically looking at Moody's response to its own finding that in April 2007, members of a European rating surveillance committee had violated its code of conduct.

Moody’s has challenged the finding.

Regarding these developments, it’s important to note that New York Times says that McDaniel's sales were part of a prearranged plan established a month before the Wells notice arrived.

Good timing.




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