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 But for super-sized companies like Alibaba, with a market cap of $603 billion in the U.S., privatization would be a more cumbersome strategy since the firm would likely have to announce a buyback scheme. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "The U.S. clampdown on Chinese companies is an unexpected windfall for Hong Kong," 26 June 2020 The Federal Reserve ordered the country’s 34 biggest banks, including JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Bank of America, to suspend their stock buyback programs and to limit dividend payments to shareholders. Washington Post, "The Fed is cracking down on big banks to guard against risk posed to the financial system from the coronavirus pandemic," 25 June 2020 His support of a mandatory buyback program for assault-style weapons like the AR-15 could turn off some Republicans voters. Dallas News, "Beto O’Rourke’s PAC shifts to next phase to help Democrats flip Texas House," 22 June 2020 The buyback announced in March initially failed to lift SoftBank’s stock amid concerns the conglomerate’s portfolio of startups was particularly vulnerable to the economic shocks of the pandemic. Pavel Alpeyev,, "SoftBank Has Spent $2.9 Billion Buying Back Its Own Shares Since March," 14 June 2020 Since announcing its buyback program in March, the Japanese conglomerate has now spent $2.9 billion on the scheme—making credit rating agencies rather nervous. David Meyer, Fortune, "U.S. tech firms are pausing facial recognition, but that creates a problem," 12 June 2020 The company raised its dividend and expanded a share buyback plan by $50 billion. Mark Gurman,, "Apple Falls After Skipping Forecast for First Time in Years," 5 May 2020 In the interview, Mnuchin also said many companies are ceasing stock buybacks and are likely to use the additional capital to retain workers. Author: Jeff Stein, Peter Whoriskey, Anchorage Daily News, "Fed to loan $500 billion to large companies, won’t require them to preserve jobs or limit exec pay," 28 Apr. 2020 Just over three weeks later, the hotel company would strip the business down to its core, furloughing employees, cutting expenses, mothballing capital expenditures and suspending its dividend and buyback plan. Paul Vigna, WSJ, "If Companies Aren’t Buying Their Own Stock, Who Is?," 5 Apr. 2020

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1954, in the meaning defined above

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“Buyback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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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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