The potential for Yahoo! to get into into the micro-payment business was also brought up yesterday by analyst Trip Chowdhry of Global Equities Research, who believes it could be a boon for the company.
Jefferies & Co. analyst Youssef Squali, however, downgraded the stock from buy to hold and wrote that the proceeds from the sale of the Asian assets could be used for investments and mergers, as opposed to being returned to shareholders.
Third Point's Dan Loeb may have something to say about the use of the cash Yahoo! receives from any Asian sale. Loeb, who owns 5.2% of the stock, has previously been very critical of the company, having called out the board of directors, and asked for the resignation of co-founder Jerry Yang and Chairman Roy Bostock."
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