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Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

What: As with so many other businesses known for handling digital data, shares of VMware (NYSE: VMW  ) fell nearly 13% in early trading before closing down a little more than 10%.

So what: How EMC (NYSE: EMC  ) chief executive Joe Tucci must be smiling. His company has been buying VMware shares all year long. Expect even more investments as the stock falls for reasons disconnected from the underlying strength of the business.

Now what: If anything, VMware is making itself stronger by partnering with Dell (Nasdaq: DELL  ) and Ubuntu, among others, to boost its offerings for corporate customers and differentiate itself from Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT  ) . Where do you stand on this stock? Would you use the selloff as a buying opportunity? Weigh in using the comments box below.

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  • Report this Comment On August 19, 2011, at 6:05 AM, prginww wrote:

    Looking at a 2 year chart it has had a good run up!

  • Report this Comment On August 19, 2011, at 4:48 PM, prginww wrote:

    What evidence do you have that EMC is buying shares for anything other than to keep from being diluted from VMW share issuance from compensation stock options and shares issued for acquisitions?

    I see from VMW's filings that EMC owned 80.0% of VMW as of 12/31/10, 79.8% as of 3/31/11, and 79.3% as of 6/30/11.....

  • Report this Comment On August 20, 2011, at 1:18 PM, prginww wrote:

    Next time please say more about VMW, and EMC, differentiating from MSFT for corporate customers.

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