I went to buy more gpi about a week ago and the rep at TD Waterhouse said, "hey i heard GPI is getting bought out by Microsoft" - that actually made me want to sell my shares - with MSFT's future so uncertain I can't imagine this would be true.
msft's stock has been depressed lately and is trading around 70. let's say there is a stock swap valuing GPI at 35/share (easier math), I would get 1 share msft for 2 shares gpi. when the msft thing gets settled, msft will go up - that's good for us. if msft gets split up, all the "analysts" are saying that the two new companies would be a better value for current shareholders - that's good for us. I'll sign up now for an msft buyout.