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  • maxsimm maxsimm Jul 30, 1998 10:39 PM Flag

    Recent price action

    Any thoughts on why the stock has been trending
    down over the last two weeks or so? Even on days when
    the market is up, it seems to go down fractionally.
    There just doesn't seem to be any buying
    interest.

    Are there any new rumors? Any ideas appreciated.

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    • a tie-up between jw.a and htn in college is a
      longstanding rumor so that each would have the critical mass
      to compete effectively against the big boys. also,
      itp has not been shy about telling anyone willing to
      listen that they are interested in either the
      educational division or the whole thing. they do have a ton
      of money.the challenge for jw.a is whether the
      "niche" publishing strategy is a viable one, especially
      in college, where other pubs have a larger
      investment in technology (websites, distance learning, etc).
      the three offspring still control the majority voting
      shares.

      the natural fit is not Worth/Freeman---wiley brings
      no technology to the table. the fit is with itp
      (thomson), which has long itched to get into the
      engineering/physics arena. but there a lot of potential buyers should
      the owners ever decide to sell.

    • Two things to note, maxsimm. First the recent
      drop is off an all-time high so isn't that odd. Second
      is the timing: Wiley published their yearly figures
      on 7/10, the stock peaked on 7/10. A quick scan
      through the figures shows they took a bit of a hit on
      International revenues (mainly Asia, Europe is a separate line)
      but that's no real surprise either.

      The
      readjustment, after maxsiimm's post, had no effect at all so
      there doesn't seem much to gain from a simple
      comparison with the indexes.

      I'd have replied sooner,
      maxsimm, but was on vacation. Not all play though: news
      from UK of changes at the top at Dorlink Kindersly
      and, after the Wolters Kluwer mess, Reed Elsevier
      casting around for a new CEO.

 
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