Microsoft to spend $40 billion to buy back shares
Decision could improve market standing as company share prices fall nearly 30% this year
Microsoft has announced plans to spend another $40 billion buying back its shares from investors.
In a company statement, Microsoft revealed that it had completed its previous $40 billion stock repurchase program and that its latest buy-back would expire on 30 September, 2013.
The move, believed to be the largest buy-back plan in history, could increase share prices of the company which has fallen by nearly 30% in 2008.
Microsoft said the stock repurchase program showed its "confidence in the long-term growth of the company and our commitment to returning capital to our shareholders."
Hewlett-Packard has also announced plans to buy back $8 billion of its shares.