The Market Pans Yahoo's New CEO

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Yahoo’s stock is down modestly this morning in reaction to the news that Scott Thompson, formerly head of PayPal, will be the new CEO.This isn’t exactly an indictment of Thompson. He’s a relatively unknown guy, so investors , like the rest of us, are trying to figure out who he is. At first glance, it looks like he’s a “product” guy, not a “media” guy, which could be a mistake. As much as Yahoo wants to be a tech company, the truth of the matter is that it is a media company now. But, that’s a debate for another time.

The bigger picture here from an investor’s perspective is this: Four months ago, Yahoo’s board hit the pause button to formulate a plan and get the company on the right track. It fired CEO Carol Bartz. It talked to PE firms. It make a decision to sell its Asian assets, and it has found a new CEO to lead the company.

The market’s reaction to all of that? Yahoo’s stock is up from $13 to $16. That’s a 20% lift, which is nice, but it’s not exactly a ringing endorsement.

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