AUTOS: Cure for a Sickly Stock

Cure for a Sickly Stock

Since investors have lately lacked much confidence in General Motors, the company decided it was time for some major self-promotion. In a dramatic act to demonstrate GM's belief that its stock is undervalued, Chairman Roger Smith said the firm would buy up to 20% of its shares by the end of 1990. At current prices that would cost more than $5 billion, making the stock buyback the largest in corporate history. After the announcement, GM's stock spurted 3 7/8 points, to 79 1/2, before falling back a bit to finish the week at 77 7/ 8. The decision also sparked a...

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