01 Dec '11, 9pm

The secret behind stock splits

The secret behind stock splits

I’m 49 years old. For my 10th birthday In 1972, my father put $14,400 into XOM, purchasing 200 shares. I have never touched this investment nor have I plowed back the dividends into XOM or purchased any additional shares. Due SOLELY to stock splits, 39 years later, that 200 shares has turned into 6,400 shares. I have no insider knowledge but XOM hasn’t split for over 10 years and it is probably ripe to do so. Normally, splits have happened when the stock is selling from $70-$80/sh. Who knows what the future holds and your investment might turn out quite differently than mine has; however, I don’t see the world quitting on oil anytime soon and XOM is also positioned well in shale and natural gas. I doubt you could go wrong even with the lower yield IF and ONLY IF you are going to make this a long term, lifetime, investment. Yes, it takes a lot of intestinal fortitude (like ...

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