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An additional argument against point (5) is that the number of shareholders doesn't matter, but the size of their holdings. A few shareholders at the top own the company, and then at the bottom there is a mass of small shareholders who, together, only own a small percentage of the shares of the company. So when it comes to making decisions, it's those shareholders with a chance of influencing who has a controlling interest that have the power to influence the company's management. And those few shareholders with large holdings can have idiosyncratic reasons for those holdings.  

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by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Dec 24th, 2006 at 04:37:43 AM EST
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