Stock splits become a rarity as management's optimism fades

06/9/2010 | USA Today · Bloomberg

Stock splits once averaged 49 a year in the U.S., but so far in 2010, only two Standard & Poor's 500 companies increased their shares by 20% or more through splits. That compares with only one big stock split last year. Investors take the absence of stock splits as a sign that executives don't see positive data to support optimism, analysts said.

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