Reply to post: How on earth can the share price continue to rise?

Microsoft: Cloud-o-bile still only small slice of softening revenue pie

Malagabay
Mushroom

How on earth can the share price continue to rise?

Seems to be through share buybacks and higher dividends...

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When the half life on your stock boost from dumping your CEO is measured in days (especially when coupled with less than brilliant M&A transactions) what do you do? Why... resort to the oldest trick in the book: dividend and buyback (most likely leveraged)

*MICROSOFT SETS $40 BILLION BUYBACK, BOOSTS DIVIDEND 22%

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-09-17/microsoft-renews-stock-buyback-program-raises-dividend-5-cents

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And it looks like MS are just following IBM down the rabbit hole....

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With this chart, incidentally, we also explained why IBM's ridiculous stock repurchasing strategy, which had seen $37.7 billion in stock buybacks since 2012, or more than the total debt issuance of $33.6 billion during the same period...

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-10-20/blood-red-big-blue-why-ibm-crashing-charts

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