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The main premise behind most investing techniques is that the value appreciates due to retained earnings which either go into equity (e.g. cash) or stock buy-back plans. Since tweeners are typically late-stage growth companies, I thought it apropos to ask if anyone has ever seen a tweener that moved into a period of a decreasing number of outstanding shares? I have only seen companies that have big buy-backs that just cover the new shares issued, so there is no net gain to the investor. Are share buy-backs not a viable method of passing earnings to investors?

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