Is that what I think it is?
That didn't help, and if you wanted to be critical you could point to the limp into the close while the general market rallied. Still, looking at the stochastics, we're not at the overbought levels that normally signal a reversal. Also, we still have that shareholder meeting ahead, and as I posted previously, you gotta know the management team isn't keen to have the stock lose ground into that. So while I'm sure that when the quarterlies come around we'll see that a ton of the funds earmarked for the failed tender have been spent securing this recent runup, don't be surprised if they kept a few billion around just in case they needed to goose the stock heading into that event. Bottom line, I'd say it's too close to call. Today may have been the classic "exhaustion top" at least for now, or perhaps the beginning of something more interesting - like maybe another attempt to break out of the 3 year-long trading range? A lot will depend on whether real buyers emerge - as opposed to the company - and that will likely be driven by news on the earnings front. Guess we'll just have to wait and see.
Meanwhile, if you're MSFT senior management and feeling cocky about the recent stock performance, don't be. While you've been busy using $40B more of our money to help the stock recover what you managed to lose via your incompetence during the past year, others like ORCL has been busy making new 4-yr highs. Indeed, ORCL just joined AAPL (and others) in having outperformed MSFT over the past 10 years:
Much of that enthusiasm - like AAPL - reflects good old earnings acceleration not to mention the excellent job Oracle is doing wrt cost control. Whether that demonstrates the long-term superiority of Ellison's "buy versus build" strategy over MSFT and if so, whether that's sustainable, remains to be seen. Still, outperformance over 10 years - who'd have thunk it? Quoting Ballmer, we just must not be taking a long enough viewpoint. Right.