I know this board to be relatively inactive but with the interesting things happening to this stock there may be more interest rising! I agree that the movement and volume in the last few weeks has been impressive and I believe it�s on the strength of analysts recommendations.
Yesterday Credit Suisse First Boston initiated coverage with a Hold (but I thought I also saw it listed as a buy somewhere).
And, to fuel the acquisition discussion I saw this news release from Wells Fargo. They have made a Shelf Filing with the SEC to allow them to generate 10B$ in cash. The intended use is for general corporate expenses.
It seems that even the spammers are avoiding this board! Since your post was the last of any revelance I am responding to it.
Something of interest may be in the offing,since the stock volumn is way up recently. From a trading perspective, the patterns are kind of goofy, with many trades between the bid and ask. Even with the higher vol. the price moves very little in either direction.
As for an Acquisition-- Wells Fargo seems to have a pretty full plate right now. They seem to be doing deals every other day-- I would be curious if any long time posters have any thoughts on the subject?