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May 30, 2006 at 10:16 AM

Ballmer making nice with Wall Street


LEE JIN-MA/AP

Last week, Ballmer, above, was at the Information Reference meeting in Seoul. This week he’s in New York and Boston.

Steve Ballmer is headed to Wall Street this week to smooth over relations with investors. In what is being described as a first, Ballmer is scheduled to host events in New York on Wednesday and in Boston on Thursday. Perhaps he’s working on an “investors, investors, investors!” pep talk.

Microsoft’s stock is the third-worst performer in the Dow Jones Industrial Average this year, according to Bloomberg, and several prominent shareholders have demanded the company spend as much as $100 billion buying back shares. Click here for a current stock quote.

Michael Holland, who oversees $4 billion as chairman of Holland & Co. and has owned Microsoft shares since he founded the firm in 1995, is quoted in Bloomberg:

He’s not spending enough time listening to people in the capital markets. What I want to hear is how much he listens. I want to see how well he does not being defensive and adversarial but being interested in hearing people.

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