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Yahoo investors torn due to holdings with MSFT

updated 10:05 pm EST, Mon February 18, 2008

Investors torn over MSFT

Yahoo investors are reportedly torn on the looming Microsoft buyout bid, with around 90-percent holding shares in Microsoft, most of which have significantly more invested in the latter. According to eWeek, this could mean that investors would be more likely to urge Yahoo to take a tangible incentive in addition to the bid, rather than potentially devaluing shares of Microsoft. Analysts expect that Microsoft may make its offer more interesting, potentially increasing the bid to $35 per share, over the initial $31.

"They may be more concerned with whether Microsoft will get caught up in a 'deal frenzy' and suffer the 'winner's curse' by overpaying for Yahoo," RiskMetrics analysts wrote in an M&A Edge Note. "Don't expect to see many of the other top Yahoo shareholders following Bill Miller's lead," the report said of Legg Mason's earlier plea for the two companies. Legg Mason is one of three Yahoo top 20 investors that have more money invested in the company than in Microsoft.

Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang wrote investors early last week, in an attempt to soothe concerns that Yahoo is not making the correct choice.

by MacNN Staff



  1. dmsimmer

    Joined: Dec 1969



    This is exactly what's wrong with this country. These people have only themselves to answer to.

    We need high taxation on these people to make them stop being so greedy! It worked 1931-1981.

  1. Peter Bonte

    Joined: Dec 1969



    We had more than one major crisis in that period so i'm not sure it worked. I'm a communist at heart but individual greed is the glue for the current economy and there is no return.

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Simple explanation

    Some want to see Yahoo survive, others just want a short term financial gain and then move on to exploiting some other country.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: simple expl.

    Some want to see Yahoo survive, others just want a short term financial gain and then move on to exploiting some other country.

    Just like any other company (be it public or private). I'm sure Mark Cuban had some doubts about selling out to Yahoo, but that boatload of cash they flashed in front of his face made him go "Um, yeah, I'll sell".

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