Basics: Exercise

Can the exercise of stock options be an insider-trading violation? This is premium content

If you exercise stock options when you know secret stock-price-moving information about your company, the exercise itself is not a violation, according to most experts. However, selling the stock at exercise, as in a cashless exercise/same-day sale, when you know confidential information about the company would almost certainly be considered insider trading. Examples...
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