NOTHING better than management having a HUGE carrot that only becomes valuable if the stock price goes UP!
That is what the shorties HATE! They see stock buybacks, eager employees, potential buyout, etc. Shorties are still licking their wounds from the stock run up during the last year. When the CURRENT stock buyback ends, approx. 15% less shares exist.
REMEMBER ALL stock purchases are ACCRETIVE to earnings up to $15/share. A NO BRAINER!