Originally Posted by grumpy
Among my dividend paying stocks I have long owned American States Water (AWR). On Wednesday the overall market was up but the shares of AWR were down nearly 8%. I have been unable to find any news on-line to explain this drastic drop in price. Does this sound like insider trading based on information not yet available to the investing public? Is there any way to find out if there were a few or a single big seller of the shares on that day?
I'm just curious. I plan to continue to hold these shares.
Did they issue a honkin' big dividend that day or put out a press release about future dividends?
I use "Google Alerts" to get daily e-mails for the funds & stocks I'm tracking. Each e-mail has a dozen links to that day's news, and most of them are the same news items from different websites. It takes about 60 seconds to scan one e-mail's links and figure out what's happening.
What really freaks me out is to post a comment on this forum on a stock like Berkshire Hathaway, and then the next morning get a Google Alert with a link to the post I'd put up.
Some corporate websites offer an e-mail subscription to their SEC filings. You get an e-mail with a link to every 8K, 10Q, press release, or other filings. Again it usually takes about 30 seconds to read the first couple paragraphs to figure out your level of interest/concern.