They were almost all AUTOMATIC SELLS which are planned way in advance and are a way that they get paid, since stock is a part of executive compensation. If they never sold, they would never get paid, but their heirs would, lol.
The sells were not a large portion of their holdings. Nothing to be concerned about.
From what I can tell, insiders have sold very small percentage of their holdings, i.e., no I'm not concerned about that type of selling. Will they sell after they get the dividend? Perhaps. In fact, that might be why they're still holding as much as they are, because they want divvy first. Maybe the shorts are figuring that the insiders will provide a supply, that has been missing so far, for them to cover? I can't get inside either one of their heads, but I'm guessing that a few of the insiders are p.o.'d enough at the shorts that they won't give them up cheaply. We'll see. It'll be a very interesting week, that's for certain.
How do you explain? that the stock will drop that same amount of the dividend on the pay date, I believe it is 4.50 a share, Why woud they wait till then to sell, That would be the time to buy, now that the stock has had such a good run, The dividends are also taxable,