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scriptingNews outline for 3/29/99

Author:Dave Winer
Posted:3/29/1999; 4:45:27 AM
Topic:scriptingNews outline for 3/29/99
Msg #:4631
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A little bird whispered in my ear.. On Friday Microsoft stock split, two for one. As a result there are more than 32-bits of MSFT stock out there. This has caused computers to fail a la Y2K.

Screen shot of showing incorrect market capitalization and number of outstanding shares for MSFT.

Another concern, MSFT is part of the S&P 500, so its valuation may be off too. All this is happening on the day the Dow closed at over 10,000 for the first time in history, and people were predicting computer glitches, but this one seems to have passed unnoticed.

On further investigation, the only site that was wrong was NASDAQ's. In all likelihood, according to a couple of people I spoke with who would know, they haven't updated their database. Their website *is* wrong, but probably not because of the overflow situation, it's probably due to incorrect info about the number of outstanding shares and correct info about the MSFT stock price. The trading databases generally store the number of thousands of shares, not the number of shares. This appears to be a false alarm.

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