Due to a continued disruption in the dissemination of Form 144 filings from the SEC, we will not be able to release the normal 144 Market Data Report this month. Form 144’s are normally received by the SEC on paper and disseminated via the Public Reference Room. Due to social distancing requirements, no filings have been released from the Public Reference Room since April 3. In April, the SEC started accepting Form 144 filings digitally via email, however the number of filings received and disseminated digitally has been lower than typically expected.
As shown on the chart below, the volume of Form 144 filings in September fell 31% from the prior month. Additionally,
the number of filings is 46% lower than the count filed in September 2019. The value of 144 filings also fell by about
25% from last month, in line with the historical average August-September decrease of 29%. Interestingly, the number
of shares brokered rose by 29% from August, even as the total value fell. Based on the partial data for September, Goldman
Sachs swept the top five largest filings in September, all for Walmart, helping them broker the highest monthly aggregate
Based on these metrics, The Washington Service is estimating that the filings released so far constitute only about 60%
of the expected filings for the month of September. Given the absence of a significant portion of the expected filings, we
do not have enough information about the market to provide our normal Broker Ranking assessment.
|Broker||Company||Insider||Value ($M)||Shares (M)|
|Goldman Sachs||Walmart [WMT]||Walton Family Foundation Inc.||$547||4.0|
|Goldman Sachs||Walmart [WMT]||HRW Trust No 4 1/17/03||$463||3.4|
|Goldman Sachs||Walmart [WMT]||HRW Trust No 3 1/17/03||$463||3.4|