The sale of stock by company insiders can be of great significant or have little meaning at all. A recent release of the newsletter Crosscurrents noted that insider sales of Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), and Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) have been unusually high lately. While the absolute numbers are small, the ratio is fairly drastic.

In the video below, Fool.com contributor Doug Ehrman discusses if this should be a warning sign for these companies, the technology sector, or the market as a whole. He then looks at some of the regulations that impact insider selling and helps to put these figures in context.

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