anotherengineer wrote:hmmmmmm I wonder what all the wall street lackeys would do if every company went private and there were no stocks to buy/sell/watch?
It wouldn't happen. All companies need capital to grow and develop new products. The stock market provides a pretty fluid mechanism for that to happen. That does mean that shareholders are more concerned with short term goals (fiscal quarters or years) than long-term strategies, but it's really up to management to decide what is in the best interest of the company.
That is why I personally am very curious to see what Dell does with this. I'm guessing that we'll really see the effects of going private in a couple of years if and when new products are released.