Piper Jaffray Companies (NYSE:PJC)

CAPS Rating: 4 out of 5

The Company is an international middle-market investment bank and institutional securities firm, serving the needs of middle-market corporations, private equity groups, public entities, nonprofit clients and institutional investors.

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Player Avatar rgrossfool (98.63) Submitted: 8/27/2007 4:40:14 PM : Outperform Start Price: $52.14 PJC Score: -7.25

A net of almost $900M in cash!! How can you go wrong buying money?

Member Avatar Emhfool (96.95) Submitted: 4/14/2008 9:23:32 AM
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I only researched this company for five minutes, but be careful, looking at their balance sheet I don't see anywhere near that $900m cash figure that yahoo finance reports. Look here at their balance sheet:http://finance.yahoo.com/q/bs?s=PJCIt appear that the company used a good deal of that $900m of cash to purchase long term investments. They did this between their June 07 quarter and their Sep 07 quarter, a time when equities were still significantly higher. Are investments worse than cash? It clearly depends on what they own, but with cash I know what they own, "Long term investments" could be anything. Best of luck

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