This strategy works for STMP because of the illiquid nature of the stock. There just are not that many "available" shares, because so many (90+%) are held by institutions, coupled with the fact that management is doing a great job of growing the company in a controlled manner - some would say too controlled - but those people haven't experienced the stress and turmoil of "uncontrolled" growth with the company/employees always having to try and keep up to it. Knowing how tight of a grip to keep on the reins is/has always been the fine line management has to walk. Knowing when the company is ready to be "given it's head", ie. to let the reins of growth go slack so the horse can stretch it out. The thing is, if you keep the horse controlled too long - the horse may lose it's spirit to run - if you let the horse have its head too soon you can end up with a knot-head out of control ragin' bronc.
So management the question remains - are we there yet? Is it time to stretch out those marketing legs and see if this horse has what it takes to leave the competition in the dust or do we get another dividend or perhaps both? (Yea, I'd like to have my cake and eat it too...)
Either way, I'll trust your decisions until you give me compelling reasons not too - (can anyone say HP?).
Here's to hoping shorty gets out from under this thing and goes in search of a company that needs to be shorted because it sucks, rather than shorting STMP because it's illiquid and easily manipulated.