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Are there any compelling reasons why I should not buy more of MSFT

I think the question is, are they any compelling reasons why you SHOULD buy more MSFT?

Using TMF charting for the last 10 years, it shows that the stock price has pretty much leveled out, with a slight downward slope. I don't think this will change much. A lot of people, companies, and yes, even countries are starting to look at alternatives to MSFT. The softies can trot out all kinds of "new" operating systems and "upgrades" but their market is going to be soft because operating systems and programs already do more than the average person wants to learn how to use. Upgrades are largely for show and trying to drive sales. People are not waiting in line at midnight for new releases any more, they're waiting for other people to find the bugs and for MSFT to fix them before they buy in. There are still a lot of large companies running Win98 because it does what they need it to do.

I like dividends (especially since its only taxed 15%), and I can't see any reason whatsoever why Microsoft would not increase their dividends.

I like dividends, also, that's why I look to get as great a yield as I am comfortable with. I class MSFT on the "why bother" side. Low yield and the only reason for MSFT to increase their dividend is to prop up stock prices in the future, but their little $3 stunt last year really didn't help to do that. The question is, how long will it be before they do raise the dividend and how much will that be? Bill seems to be very resistant to parting with cash and this whole dividend thing is very, very new to them. If it can't prop up their stock price, Bill might decide it's not worth it and get rid of it altogether.

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