Swoopin Auburn Fan Member since Jun 2011 15066 posts
Is a company buying back its stock not insider trading? (Posted on 12/12/12 at 9:25 am)
Obviously they should be allowed to practically do this... but humor me. What mechanisms/exemptions do they get from this? Obviously they are more totally aware of the companies pipelines and strengths/weaknesses... because they are the company.
TheHiddenFlask Clemson Fan The Welsh red light district Member since Jul 2008 16475 posts
re: Is a company buying back its stock not insider trading? (Posted on 12/12/12 at 9:37 am to Swoopin)
I would say that there would be more insider trading complications with the issuance of stock than with buybacks.
Small scale buybacks are almost never an issue. If it's a large scale buyback and the company has one or two large shareholders (>20%), I would say that it would be an issue, as those shareholders would be receiving a large benefit from "insider trading". If the ownership is sufficiently diluted, it is just the company returning capital to shareholders.
re: Is a company buying back its stock not insider trading? (Posted on 12/13/12 at 2:38 am to LSURussian)
quote: not considered insider trading and are legal because the companies announce in advance of the buy backs that they plan on doing so.
this. i dont think they technically have to announce it, but when the buy order is put out it's made public. As long as everyone knows about it, it's not inside information, it's just used as an indicator for the relative strength of the company. plus there are a ton of timing and quantity restrictions to prevent price manipulations like pump and dumps as well.