Sad - But this Coolbear and a bunch of other posters here who sold calls and bought equal amount of stock yesterday are trying to trick people into buying stock higher priced today so they can double dip on the div.
Old strategy for high div payers...so fax looks like its working a bit.
Today is too late to collect the Dividend. The Divvy is payable to all on record as of Friday. It takes 3 days for the "ownership to settle" hence, you need to buy 3 days before (yesterday or Tuesday). Today is the Ex-Div day, which means the day it is too late to buy and collect the dividend- hence the "EX".
When the market opened, it was adjusted down by the amount of the dividend. It then wen up a bit, and is currently up 36 cents, but is still lower than yesterday closing price...