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I'm wondering how often companies use share holder meetings to announce significant news if they have some, things like dividend changes or stock buy backs -- things that are off the official ballot.

Do companies generally stay very narrow to topic at shareholders' meetings -- following the agenda -- or do they at times use this forum to announce news that may affect a shareholder, that isn't voted on / on the ballot?

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I talked with my broker regarding this and they said that a company cannot release any significant news in a share-holder meeting that is not publicly accessible / open, similar to how earnings releases are available to the entire public at the same time, not just to a few attending a meeting. –  Ray K Feb 22 '12 at 2:23
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go ahead and put that as an answer –  sdg Feb 23 '12 at 16:10
    
@RayK Add your comment as an answer and please accept it. –  Kirill Fuchs Jul 5 '12 at 0:12

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SE:Personal Finance user Ray K says in a comment on this question that his or her broker said:

a company cannot release any significant news in a share-holder meeting that is not publicly accessible / open, similar to how earnings releases are available to the entire public at the same time, not just to a few attending a meeting.

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