How Important are Insider Holdings to AMD?

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How Important are Insider Holdings to AMD?
At year-end 2010 AMD’s (Advanced Micro Devices) employee stock-based compensation expense (net of tax) was $87 million. In prior years 2009 and 2008 the employee stock-based compensations expenses (net of tax) was $75 million and $77 million respectively (AMD 2010 Annual Report on Form 10-K 58). AMD reports that the $12 million differential from 2009 to 2010 was due to AMD’s stock having a higher average market value at the grant date. The danger of insider holdings is the opportunity it creates for insider trading, especially at the high executive level where directors and officers of large corporations own material amounts of their company’s stock and have routine access to insider information....
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