Sallah: [catches date and points to dead monkey] Bad dates.
— from Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
The research team at Goldman Sachs has out a useful report on the current option backdating brouhaha. Sherlund & Co. report that the GS software coverage universe includes a few high-profile companies that are apparently staffed by some veerrrrry skilled stock-pickers:
Companies that screen with 20% or more of their grants within 5% of their lows for the 20-day before-and-after period include Mercury Interactive, Quest Software, Microsoft, McAfee, Adobe, Business Objects, and CA.