Why Legg Mason's Shares Jumped


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What: Shares of asset manager Legg Mason (NYS: LM) jumped 11% in intraday trading after announcing financial news.

So what: The company said today it would repurchase $1.25 billion in convertible senior notes from KKR (NYS: KKR) . The board of directors has also authorized an additional $1 billion in share repurchases, continuing a repurchase program at the company.

Now what: The company will be selling new senior notes to pay for the debt repurchase so it doesn't change the company's debt level dramatically. As of March 31, 2012, the company had $1.4 billion of cash on hand as well, so there's plenty to fund the stock repurchase. I see this as a positive for shareholders but would like to see the stock come down from its high today before buying in at a premium.

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