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Great Southern execs trade thousands of shares

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Great Southern Bancorp Inc. (Nasdaq: GSBC) executives traded thousands of the company’s shares in recent days, according to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

The top transactions were made by Kevin Baker, chief credit officer for the holding company of Great Southern Bank.

On April 23, Baker bought 3,875 shares at set rates and then sold them at market prices for $203,050, under the SEC transaction code M. Separately, he sold 750 shares for $39,588, bringing his net gain that day to $137,323, according to Springfield Business Journal’s evaluation of an SEC filing. Under code M, officers may execute their contractual rights to sell vested stock.

Other recent trades, made between April 16 and April 27, were:
    •    Rex Copeland, chief financial officer, netting $22,819;
    •    Douglas Marrs, vice president of operations, $14,756; and
    •    Linton Thomason, vice president of information systems, $1,792.

Earlier this month, Great Southern reported $13.5 million in first-quarter net income available to common shareholders, a 17 percent increase from the prior year.

GSBC shares were trading at $53.80 as of 8:58 a.m., compared with a 52-week range of $47.50 to $58.45.

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