The high volume of the past 2 weeks suggests possible institutional buying. Why then would the volume increase after the ex-dividend date?
more likely to be the $1.82 DRIP program buying. The dividend arrives 31 and the buying starts Jan. 2nd.
nice catch turtle. i think thats it.
One reason likely would be that the stock price dropped lower than the ex-dividend amount, making it a better deal. Possibly another: history shows the stock price will rebound impressively from sub-$14 as we get into the new year.