Case | HBS Case Collection | February 1996 (Revised February 1997)

America Online, Inc.

by Amy P. Hutton and Krishna G. Palepu

Abstract

America Online's (AOL) stock price has soared nearly 2,000% since its IPO. However, there is considerable disagreement among analysts regarding the future prospects of AOL. Although many analysts are bullish on the stock, short sellers have sold around 7 million shares.

Keywords: Cost Accounting; Analysis; Stocks; Decision Choices and Conditions; Financial Statements; Business Strategy; Web Services Industry;

Citation:

Hutton, Amy P., and Krishna G. Palepu. "America Online, Inc." Harvard Business School Case 196-130, February 1996. (Revised February 1997.)