buy·​back | \ ˈbī-ˌbak How to pronounce buyback (audio) \

Definition of buyback

: the act or an instance of buying something back In Boston and other cities, gun buyback programs dramatically call attention to the profusion of firearms among the young …— Diane Weathers Talks of a potential buyback come as Volkswagen and federal regulators discuss ways to bring the more than half-million affected Volkswagen cars in the US up to current emissions standards.— Bryan Logan especially : the repurchase by a corporation of shares of its own common stock usually on the open market Most corporate buybacks involve a repurchase by a company of part of its outstanding common stock at a fixed price, which is normally sufficiently higher than the market price to attract the desired number of shares. — Leonard Sloane This stock buyback boom, while obscure to much of the public, has become one of the most pervasive and divisive practices in corporate America. — Michael Kranish

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Recent Examples on the Web When the stock-buyback scheme ran out of cash — so the allegations go — the share price declined, and a brokerage firm that had loaned Paul money made a margin call that dumped more than 170,000 shares. Abraham Riesman, Vulture, "Stan Lee and the Dot-Com Disaster," 12 Feb. 2021 The shares, which finished trading at 7,913 yen, equivalent to $76.04, on Friday, were pushed up by the overall market swell as well as a roughly $23 billion share-buyback program that is one of the world’s largest. Phred Dvorak, WSJ, "SoftBank’s Rocky Year Ends on a Winning Streak," 11 Dec. 2020 The buyback also reflects an inflated cash position after failing to make major acquisitions in the booming e-commerce sector. Loni Prinsloo,, "Prosus Targets $5 Billion Buyback in Plan to Cut Tencent Gap," 30 Oct. 2020 But the buyback program was overwhelmed by fears that the steps taken against Ant are just the tip of the iceberg. Time, "China’s Crackdown on Alibaba and Ant Drive $200 Billion Tech Selloff," 28 Dec. 2020 The report also analyzed company stock buyback programs where companies repurchase its own shares, often driving up the company stock price. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "Food retailers are seeing their earnings soar during the pandemic. Their workers, not so much.," 9 Dec. 2020 The market is also notably cash rich, allowing for more shareholder-friendly dividend and buyback policies than companies in Europe and the U.S. may be able to manage. Mike Bird, WSJ, "Foreign Investors Can Learn to Love Japan Again," 7 Dec. 2020 Consumers have six years from their date of purchase or, if that window has passed, six months from the official effective settlement date of April 6 to pursue arbitration for buyback. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Ford Focus, Fiesta owners finally collecting thousands in transmission settlement," 18 Sep. 2020 Without the support of the buyback, shares were basically flat in August, rising just 0.05%. Gearoid Reidy,, "SoftBank’s Buybacks Paused in August. So Did Its Stock Rally," 15 Sep. 2020

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1954, in the meaning defined above

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buy·​back | \ ˈbī-ˌbak How to pronounce buyback (audio) \

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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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