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Michael Saylor unloaded 400,000 MicroStrategy shares in 2024

Michael Saylor unloaded 400,000 MicroStrategy shares in 2024
Aneena Alex

Michael Saylor, the founder of MicroStrategy (NASDAQ: MSTR) and a prominent Bitcoin (BTC) advocate, has offloaded 400,000 shares of his company’s stock since the start of the year.

The sales, netting Saylor approximately $370 million, were executed under a 10b5-1 trading plan established last year. This strategic move reflects a proactive approach to asset management as MicroStrategy’s shares and Bitcoin holdings continue to draw significant market attention.

Stock sales and strategic growth

Since announcing a strategic pivot to Bitcoin in mid-2020, MicroStrategy has seen its market cap swell to $21.3 billion, largely due to its aggressive acquisition of over 214,000 Bitcoins. This bold move has not only redefined the company’s business model but has also significantly influenced its stock performance, with a 91% increase this year alone after a stellar 346% gain the previous year.

MSTR Year to date price chart. Source: TradingView

The planned sales by Saylor were part of a 10b5-1 trading plan established last year, designed to allow systematic selling of up to 5,000 shares daily until April 25, 2024. The shares sold were tied to a vested stock option set to expire at the end of April 2024 if not exercised, showcasing a well-timed and structured approach to divestiture.

Despite this sell-off, Saylor remains heavily invested in both MicroStrategy and Bitcoin, with personal Bitcoin holdings valued at about $1.1 billion.

His influence continues to steer MicroStrategy’s strategy, focusing on leveraging Bitcoin’s market dynamics, particularly in anticipation of the upcoming Bitcoin halving event, which could further impact the cryptocurrency‘s value.

The ongoing sales and MicroStrategy’s market maneuvers are closely monitored by investors and analysts, who view these moves as strategic rather than indicative of a lack of confidence. 

Saylor’s actions reflect a sophisticated understanding of both his company’s position in the stock market and the evolving landscape of digital assets.

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