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<<I try to avoid cos that split their shares whenever possible. In fact, I'd rather see a co repurchase its shares, so the price is more stabilized.

Most encounters with splits have been less than desireable, take a look at WMT, post split.>>

I think that you might be attributing too much important to splits here. The best way to think about them might be as NON-events. As fairly insignificant.

People are mistaken to look at splits as extremely positive events. But they're not necessarily bad, either. Many many great companies have split their stock repeatedly.

Microsoft, for example, has split X times in the last decade -- check out this chart:

http://quote.fool.com/chart/chart.asp?uf=1024&time=13&maval=0&compidx=aaaaa%3A0&comptick=&symbols=MSFT&currticker=MSFT

The Wal-Mart chart also reveals a few splits and a generally very upward-moving stock price.

http://quote.fool.com/chart/chart.asp?uf=1024&time=13&maval=0&compidx=aaaaa%3A0&comptick=&symbols=WMT&currticker=WMT

Some more:

Coca-Cola: http://quote.fool.com/chart/chart.asp?uf=1024&time=13&maval=0&compidx=aaaaa%3A0&comptick=&symbols=KO&currticker=KO

Dell Computer:
http://quote.fool.com/chart/chart.asp?uf=1024&time=13&maval=0&compidx=aaaaa%3A0&comptick=&symbols=DELL&currticker=DELL

GE:
http://quote.fool.com/chart/chart.asp?uf=1024&time=13&maval=0&compidx=aaaaa%3A0&comptick=&symbols=GE&currticker=GE

(Okay, I'm getting carried away inserting charts here. I'll stop now. :))

Selena
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