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: Shares of commercial real estate finance company iStar Financial
So what: We Fools love stock buybacks, as they serve to reduce the number of shares outstanding and, in turn, increase earnings per share and the percentage stake that each shareholder has in the company. Given that the stock has been punished 45% in July alone, Wall Street seems to be applauding the timeliness of the announcement.
Now what: I wouldn't be so quick to jump in just yet. While today's share price boost is easily justified, iStar's long string of operating losses and hefty debt load continue to make it a questionable long-term opportunity. Throw in a stock price that swings nearly three times as violently as the market, and iStar is an easy pass for most investors.
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