Gotta love the stock buyback. They borrowed 6 billion to step up the buyback and what has happened. The stock goes down on low volume. They pay interest on 6 billion worth of bonds. They don't buy stock at this low price, must be they're waiting for it to go up. At 20/share, they need to buy 300million shares. Thats over 1 million shares per trading day for over a year. Must be they want the stock price down so they can issue more low priced stock options - especially to Paul when he retires. Anyone who agrees, please send your concerns to investor relations.
Your buyback numbers seem right. Intel is limited to 25% volume and can only put in an order at the BID price. It looks like there are bursts of selling, like someone is shorting a block to blow down quickly through the buyback bids. Do you see anything similar?
Stock options are issued at $0 RSU. Trading price does not affect the company. Paul just donated 150,000 Intel shares to a charity. I doubt there is any issue there.
I see huge numbers on the bid frequently and no positive movement. I look back a minute or 5 later and the bid is gone. But they were apparently purchased bu a huge lot dumping. It has been going on for a week or more like that.
The only way to tell for sure is to contact the trading desk if you're a broker. Anything else is a guess until days later. The options activity yesterday leads me to believe that a hedge fund is making a move. Also find when we end the day in a half cent, a fund is making big buys or sales involving a big firms trading desk and the activity goes on thru the whole week.