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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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 The 2018-19 and 2019-20 work calendar for LCTA members was revised to make the annual buyback day the first day back to school for teachers. Matt Sanderson,, "LCUSD reaches tentative deal with teachers union, other employee groups," 6 June 2018 This temporary rising tide lifted some boats — beneficiaries of corporate stock buybacks — more than others. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "So far, economy’s Big Mo’ can’t be stopped by scandal or bad policies," 5 Feb. 2019 Apple, which had about $250 billion in unrepatriated cash pre-tax bill, in May announced a $100 billion stock buyback. Emily Stewart, Vox, "What the Republican tax bill did — and didn’t — do, one year later," 18 Dec. 2018 This works like a stock buyback, pushing the value of the remaining shares up. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Basis—the “stable” cryptocurrency with $133 million invested—explained," 25 Apr. 2018 Banks must have the blessing of regulators to pay dividends and launch share buybacks. Philip Georgiadis And Margot Patrick, WSJ, "British Banks Are Healthy Enough to Handle a Chaotic Brexit," 28 Nov. 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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