buy·​back | \ ˈbī-ˌbak \

Definition of buyback

: the act or an instance of buying something back especially : the repurchase by a corporation of shares of its own common stock on the open market

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American corporations are showering their shareholders with stock buybacks, thanks in part to their tax savings. Emily Stewart, Vox, "What the Republican tax bill did — and didn’t — do, one year later," 18 Dec. 2018 For the economy to get full benefit from the current period of prolonged growth, businesses need to take the opportunity to invest in the future—and resist the temptation to push stock buybacks beyond already record levels. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Xiaomi Flop, Brexit Resignation, Formula Lobbying: CEO Daily for July 9, 2018," 9 July 2018 Stock buybacks hit a record in the first quarter of 2018 ($189.1 billion), surpassing the all-time high set in 2007 before the financial crisis, according to Howard Silverblatt of S&P Global. Heather Long,, "Trump's tax overhaul is losing popularity," 29 June 2018 In recent weeks, Apple’s stock has backed off from its all-time high of $183.50 because of concerns about iPhone X demand, though expectations of a dividend increase and stock buyback have offset the decline. Michael Liedtke,, "Apple’s tax break yields $102b boon for shareholders," 1 May 2018 Even so, its shares rose Thursday on the strength of its $30 billion share-buyback plan and following strong results for its fiscal third quarter. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "NXP Will Be Just Fine on Its Own," 26 July 2018 Democrats, by contrast, insisted that the tax cuts would do little beyond enabling corporations to artificially jack up their share prices by plowing ungodly sums of money into stock buybacks. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Corporations Invested Their Tax Cuts Into Stock Buybacks That Didn’t Even Work," 9 July 2018 Days after the plant-closure announcement, which Kansas City workers say took them by surprise, Harley-Davidson announced a dividend increase and a stock-buyback plan to repurchase 15 million of its shares, valued at about $696 million. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Trump’s Harley-Davidson problem, explained.," 26 June 2018 Days later, Harley-Davidson announced a dividend increase and a stock buyback plan to reward shareholders, repurchasing 15 million of its shares, valued at nearly $700 million. NBC News, "Harley-Davidson workers stunned by plant closure after tax cut," 23 May 2018

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1954, in the meaning defined above

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buy·​back | \ ˈbī-ˌbak \

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: an act or instance of buying something back especially : the repurchase by a corporation of shares of its own common stock on the open market

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