When a company is private, they navigate to the moral compass of the boss.... When a company goes public, they are legally bound to cater to the best interests of the share holders....

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exactly, and on top of that, the listed companies I've worked at have always been crazy about growth..the company HAD to grow, even if we were already making great profits, otherwise the share price would go down...it seemed a bit insane.

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The whole economy depends on growth. How else could we increase your salary every year?

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There are a lot of reasons for a stock to go higher,perceived value to another co,earnings,etc.Basically a company needs to grow in a profitable way for the stock price to move higher.

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it means they're threadin water..........& about to go down.........how many slices should i put you down fur?

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Stocks are dicey to begin with.Investors buy low and sell high.Trick is to know when to sell.

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wouldn't that mean that eventually someone is left holding the bag? so it's just a ponzi scheme?

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Sometimes yes.If it was guareented money,we would all do it.

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