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

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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Swalwell touted a plan to ban assault weapons and create a mandatory buyback program for military-style guns. Dan Sweeney,, "The gloves come off in Miami as candidates try to pick off Democratic front-runner Joe Biden," 28 June 2019 Ultimately, VW Group ended up spending tens of billions of dollars on regulatory fines and vehicle buybacks in the US and the EU. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "German regulator says it discovered new illegal software on Daimler diesels," 24 June 2019 The buyback would financed by federal grants, Menendez said. Washington Post, "Gun silencers would be barred under new federal legislation," 21 June 2019 Moody's noted that buybacks accelerated after tax reform. Matt Egan, CNN, "Corporate America's mountain of cash is shrinking," 10 June 2019 But buybacks aren’t the entire explanation for the missing surge in investment. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Trump’s Top Economist Makes a Timely Exit," 4 June 2019 Apple already has been raising its dividend and spending on buybacks every year since 2012; it's not known how much of the new increase would have happened regardless of the tax break. Michael Liedtke,, "U.S. tax cuts fuel Apple's plan for $100 billion stock buyback," 1 May 2018 Goldman Sachs analysts estimate that U.S. companies will spend $650 billion on buybacks this year, while JPMorgan Chase & Co. strategists call for a jump to around $800 billion. Elena Popina,, "Buyback Math Has Something for Everyone," 12 Apr. 2018 Dong Wook Lee, Hyun-Han Shin, and René Stulz find that firms enjoying high Q now invest in share buybacks rather than reinvesting in business. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Top House Democrats join Elizabeth Warren’s push to fundamentally change American capitalism," 14 Dec. 2018

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1954, in the meaning defined above

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

Legal Definition of buyback

: 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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