Should You Worry About Insider Selling at 3D Systems Corporation?

No one has profited as much from the meteoric rise of 3-D printing as 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD  ) chief executive Abraham Reichental. And in December he finally cashed in some of his winnings.

According to a Form 4 disclosure, Reichental sold 25,000 shares at a weighted average price of $80.91 for more than $2 million in gross proceeds -- an impressive haul but also nothing to be concerned about, Fool contributor Tim Beyers says in the following video.

Why not? Reichental only parted with just 1.5% of his position, which as of this writing includes more than 1.6 million shares. He also rarely sells. In fact, he sold just a week after collecting 125,000 new restricted shares that he could acquire for $1 apiece on or before Feb. 3. Add it up, Tim says, and you've nothing more than an executive enjoying a small portion of the fruits of his labor.

Do you agree? What are your favorite 3-D printing stocks? Please watch the video for Tim's full take and then leave a comment to let us know whether you would buy, sell, or short 3D Systems' stock at current prices.

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  • Report this Comment On January 22, 2014, at 3:15 PM, ShineThroughMe wrote:

    If I owned or worked for a profitable company I would be taking profits. Why deny that of others?

  • Report this Comment On January 22, 2014, at 4:01 PM, vicmark wrote:

    While 3D Systems has run up quite quickly, I think they are doing the rights things to keep expanding its brand. Don't forget 3D printing is still in its infancy. I like the stock very much. I think it has a great future and the coming years will bear fruit for the long-term investor.

  • Report this Comment On January 23, 2014, at 2:11 PM, RuffPuff wrote:

    I purchased at $76, as a very conservative investor I am on the fence as to buying or selling.

    I will be watching comments and doing more research regards DDD.

  • Report this Comment On January 23, 2014, at 4:21 PM, WoodyFingers wrote:

    Everything Tim Beyers says in the video makes sense to me. I trust Motley Fool to help me separate my emotions from my investing moves (buying and selling.) Since I bought DDD 3/12/2013 at $32.50/share, I can live with a bit of volatility. Emotions... under control, I can even sleep at night with WPRT down 53.8% because Motley Fool can see farther into the future than I can. Now, if I would only take the time to learn all the material they offer!!!

  • Report this Comment On January 23, 2014, at 4:30 PM, Sparticus501 wrote:

    I am holding 95% of my shares for the long term, but recenlty sold 5% to take a nice profit. Unless there is some dramatic revelation (the chief executive selling off 1.5% is not that dramatic), I hold my shares for a very long time. If there is a significant dip and no changes in the fundamentals of the company, I will purchase more shares.

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