News Corp. Shares Popped: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of diversified media giant News Corp. (NAS: NWSA) surged 20% on Thursday after announcing solid fourth-quarter results and several shareholder-friendly moves.

So what: The phone-hacking scandal at its British tabloid has put pressure on the shares in recent weeks, so today's stack of good news is the best answer investors could have hoped for. In addition to reporting a market-topping quarter, management announced plans to expand its stock buyback plan -- the company is already set to repurchase $5 billion in stock over the next year -- if the shares remain at depressed levels.  

Now what: Media titan Rupert Murdoch also went out of his way to address investors' qualitative worries. He reassured Wall Street that COO Chase Carey was next in line if anything happened to him (easing concerns that his son James would take over) and also promised that the company would make acquisitions only if they returned at least 15% (easing concerns that he was an empire-builder). In other words, News Corp. is certainly worth keeping an eye on.

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