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Great Southern execs trade thousands of shares

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Three Great Southern Bancorp Inc. (Nasdaq: GSBC) executives ended April and started May with thousands of stock transactions.

The most recent trades were conducted May 3, when Vice President of Information Systems Linton Thomason and Chief Financial Officer Rex Copeland bought and sold shares, according to filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Thomason sold 3,680 shares for $216,789, according to a filing.

Copeland bought and sold 1,050 shares utilizing SEC code M, through which executives can execute their rights to buy shares at set rates and sell them at market prices, netting a profit on the difference. He made $31,084 off the deal. Separately, he sold 8,167 shares for $483,405 to benefit his 401(k).

On April 23, Great Southern President and CEO Joe Turner utilized SEC code M, buying and selling 6,000 shares to make $193,810. The day before, under code M, he made $220,319 on a transaction.

Thomason also was active on April 23, when he bought and sold 2,500 shares, under code M, for $69,540, according to an SEC filing.

Great Southern recently reported first-quarter earnings of $17.6 million, a 30.8% increase from a year earlier.

GSBC shares were trading at $59.08 as of 11 a.m., compared with a 52-week range of $43.30 to $61.65.

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