NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that traded heavily or had substantial price changes Thursday:
ACI Worldwide Inc., up $1.87 to $40.50
The payment systems company is considering options including a sale, according to media reports.
Baker Hughes Co., down 34 cents to $22.55
The oilfield services company's fourth-quarter profit fell short of Wall Street forecasts.
Apple Inc., up $4.84 to $136.87
The iPhone maker is developing a virtual reality headset device, according to media reports.
United Airlines Holdings Inc., down $2.59 to $42.59
The airline reported a sharper fourth-quarter loss than Wall Street expected and warned of weak revenue in the first quarter.
Beazer Homes USA Inc., up 94 cents to $19.30
Homebuilders made gains after a report showed U.S. home construction jumped 5.8% in December to a 14-year high.
Healthpeak Properties Inc., down 23 cents to $29.93
The company is buying back up to $1.45 billion in senior notes.
Enphase Energy Inc., up $12.69 to $212.09
The solar technology company made gains as a more renewable energy-friendly administration takes over in Washington.
Travelers Companies Inc., up $3.70 to $148.72
The insurer handily beat Wall Street’s fourth-quarter profit forecasts.
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An insider trade occurs when a corporate executive (such as a CEO, CFO, or COO) has non-public information about a company buys or sells shares of that company's stock. Company insiders are required by law to regularly report their stock purchases and sales to the SEC.
Tracking a company's insider trades is a metric that can be used to identify the direction that the company's executives believe that the company is headed. If a number of insiders sell shares of their company, they may believe that the company will have weak future earnings and that the share price will decline in the near future.
For example, if Microsoft's CEO, CFO, and COO all recently sold shares of Microsoft stock, that would be an indication that there could be unreported news that may negatively affect Microsoft's stock price in the near future.
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