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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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 Both tests form the basis of the regulator’s decision about whether to let the banks distribute some of their cash to shareholders through buybacks and dividends. Emily Flitter, New York Times, "Bank ‘Stress Tests’ Results Clear Way for Wall Street to Reward Investors," 28 June 2018 Another famous Japanese company, electronics giant Sony, on Friday announced a nearly $1 billion buyback:... Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Japan Inc. Finds a New Use for Cash—Giving It Back to Investors," 8 Feb. 2019 The last time that record was set was just before the Great Recession, when companies bought up almost $172 billion of buybacks. Ben Popken /, NBC News, "What did corporate America do with that tax break? Buy record amounts of its own stock," 26 June 2018 Stock buybacks are the latest bipartisan piñata, whacked by politicians on the left and right who misunderstand capital markets. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Stock Buyback Panic," 10 Mar. 2019

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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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