Two more HCA execs bank big options profits

July was a very good month for HCA Holdings investors, with shares of the industry-leading hospital operator climbing more than 16 percent as the company and its peers reported surprisingly good earnings. So it's no surprise to see insiders cashing in a good number of their long-term compensation chips. The latest to do so were HCA Holdings Group President Jon Foster and President of Clinical Services and Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Perlin.

Foster on Friday exercised about 60,000 options that would have expired in 2017 and then sold the resulting shares. His profit on the deals came to more than $3.6 million. Perlin, meanwhile, booked a gain of $1.2 million after he exercised 20,000 options and sold the resulting stock.

The sales by Perlin and Foster came on the heels of similar big transactions by a number of their HCA colleagues as well as the CFO of LifePoint Hospitals. Since last Friday, HCA shares (Ticker: HCA) have traded sideways, closing Tuesday at $66.80.