Mr. Frazier Exercised And Sold Yesterday — But Still Owns Same Amount, Outright

Well, the auto-bot news generators are indicating a large sale by Chairman and CEO Kenneth Frazier.

Dead-hand software cannot discern that Mr. Frazier, pre- and post- these transactions, still owns around 509,000 shares of Merck.

His automated trading plan obviously had an algorithm to exercise, on a cashless basis, certain vested options — on a ten percent or more spike in the NYSE price — as occurred yesterday. So he liquidated options, without dropping his overall stake.

And so, he diversified, but kept the same outstanding stock stake  — in the company. That’s not a negative, in any sense. Now you know. Onward.

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