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Gary,
The problem with Tweening, as I see it, is the fact that they now have competition. They are, by definition, losing market share- if you had no serious competition as a Breaker, but had a serious competitor appear in order for you to be Tweened, you surely have to be losing share, I think.

Now the question is this: What do you want your company to do when it is facing serious threats to market share? Personally, I would like to see it work harder to defend it's market share, rather than use money to look after the share price. If they just worry about the share price, they can lose the game and Rattle away. If they retain the earnings, they can invest the money to strengthen their market position.

Remember, just because a company has been Tweened does not mean that it cannot grow- Intel has been growing for years, despite being Tweened. The important thing with retention of eanings is looking at expansion potential, not Tweenerhood. If the market is expanding, then several companies can compete and all of them expand rapidly.

I hope this makes sense,

angussb.
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