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Re: Microsoft's muscle hasn't helped shares

__/ [ NoStop ] on Tuesday 12 December 2006 14:33 \__

> When the world's largest software company embarks on its biggest product
> launch in history, freshening up technology that generates the majority of
> its sales, you might expect the stock to catch fire after smouldering for
> five long years.
> But over the past month, as news of the release date of the Vista operating
> system and Office 2007 productivity package finally emerged, shares of
> Microsoft Corp. have loitered around $29 (U.S.), showing no inspiration to
> climb.
> Full article:
> or ..  http://tinyurl.com/y8z8mv
> Cheers.

They were never intended to be so high. Could be in teens...

A Dozen Stocks For '07

,----[ Quote ]
| Millen also thinks $36 billion in planned share buybacks
| will help the stock.


Microsoft's past stock options practice poses questions

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| Microsoft in 1999 announced that it would end a policy of awarding
| options at monthly lows and said it would take a $217 million charge,
| though many details of that discontinued practice haven't been widely
| known, The Wall Street Journal said Friday.
| Those details raise questions about how Microsoft began the practice,
| what prompted the company to end it and whether the way the options
| were dated--at 30-day lows the month after they were
| granted--influenced other companies, it said.


Microsoft counts on Vista to recharge stagnant stock

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| There was a time in the 1990s when shares of Microsoft stock seemed to
| double every couple of years. 1996: college for the kids. 1998: a place
| on Whidbey. 1999: early retirement.
| Times have changed.


Commentary: Microsoft needs more than just buybacks to lift its shares

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| Microsoft shares, which have been dormant for the last few years,
| have been looking up over the last couple months. The Dow industrials
| component has gained about 20% since hitting a 4-year low of $21.46 o
| June 13.
| To help move things along, Microsoft not only launched a $40 billion
| stock repurchase program that lasts through 2011, the company also said
| its previously announced 4-year, $30 billion stock buyback program was
| completed in just 2 years.


Just before the buybacks:

Ego-crazed Scoble burns MS bridges

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| The post here entitled "Why Wall Street didn't believe Steve Ballmer
| (and what he can do about it)" hit new heights of self-aggrandising
| and must have made grisly reading for Microsoft's PR.


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