New York (Sept. 3, 2004) -- Accounting standards-setters backed away from favoring one method for valuing stock options and settled a major issue related to a controversial plan to mandate stock option expensing this week, opting to let companies decide what valuation method they use, according to published reports.

The issue of how to value options has been a hot-button issue in the debate over whether companies should be required to treat the stock options they grant to employees as an expense. Critics of mandatory expensing have argued that none of the current methods value options appropriately.

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