Smith & Wesson Holding Announces Repurchase and 3 Hot Stocks to Follow

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Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:SWHC) announced its plans to repurchase an additional $15 million worth of common stock by June 30, 2013. The additional amount has been authorised by the board after the company exhausted the $20 million stock repurchase program that was announced on December 6, 2012. The company plans to fund the repurchases using cash on hand and working capital.

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