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Several of a certain bank’s top executives have recently been purchasing shares in their own bank. This activity has occasioned some surprise, since it is widely believed that the bank, carrying a large number of bad loans, is on the brink of collapse. Since the executives are well placed to know their bank’s true condition, it might seem that their share purchases show that the danger of collapse is exaggerated. However, the available information about the bank’s condition is from reliable and informed sources, and corporate executives do sometimes buy shares in their own company in a calculated attempt to calm worries about their company’s condition. On balance, therefore, it is likely that the executives of the bank are following this example.
In the argument given, the two boldfaced portions play which of the following roles?

A. The first describes the circumstance the explanation of which is the issue that the argument addresses; the second states the main conclusion of the argument.
B. The first describes the circumstance the explanation of which is the issue the argument addresses; the second states a conclusion that is drawn in order to support the main conclusion of the argument.
C. The first provides evidence to defend the position that the argument seeks to establish against opposing positions; the second states the main conclusion of the argument.
D. The first provides evidence to support the position that the argument seeks to establish; the second states a conclusion that is drawn in order to support the argument’s main conclusion.
E. Each provides evidence to support the position that the argument seeks to establish.
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2004, 06:54
OA is D
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 [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2005, 16:07
What is the conclusion in this stimulus.....I'm confused?
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2005, 11:22
I'm going to try at an explanation

The first statement is evidence - something that we can prove - that the bank managers have bought shares in the bank

The argument seeks to establish the position that executives buy shares in their own company to calm worries about their company's position

The second statment is just a conclusion drawn based on the conclusion above - that the executives are following this example (buying shares to calm worries about their company's position)
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2005, 20:19
marine wrote:
OA is D


Where did you get the question from ?

Here is a thread of the same question.
http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... =bold+face
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2005, 21:43
Re-posting this problem is once again igniting a hailstorm of dispute over whether the correct answer is A or D. Fact of the matter is, there is no OA and nobody can pin down the source.
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