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    1. December 15, 2014

      Boeing dividend rise signals bullishness

      Boeing has underlined the confidence surrounding commercial aerospace by announcing an unexpectedly high 25 per cent...

    2. December 8, 2014

      Trafigura hands $885m to top executives via buyback

      Trafigura, one of the world’s top commodities trading houses, has handed almost $900m to its management and senior employees...

    1. December 4, 2014

      Return of the buyback extends US rally

      Bullish equity investors have company. With stocks loitering in record territory, corporate America remains a major buyer of...

    2. November 26, 2014

      Samsung to sell chemicals and defence stakes

      Samsung Group has agreed to sell most of its chemicals and defence operations to Hanwha for Won1.9tn ($1.7bn), in the latest...

    3. November 17, 2014

      Capex return provides investment opportunities

      The US economic recovery has been a jigsaw with a missing piece, but if the capital expenditure part of the puzzle is...

    4. October 29, 2014

      Visa launches $5bn share buyback

      Visa on Wednesday launched a $5bn share buyback and beat profit estimates in its fourth-quarter results, as it shrugged off...

    5. October 28, 2014

      Nomura upbeat as it buys back shares for second time in six months

      Nomura Holdings pleasantly surprised investors on Tuesday by announcing its second share buyback programme of the past six...

    6. October 28, 2014

      Corporate cash hoarding has to end to drive recovery

      Is the era of corporate cash hoarding coming to an end? Certainly an end is devoutly to be hoped for. If US companies...

    7. October 23, 2014

      How buybacks can underpin miners’ dividend policies

      BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto like to brag about their progressive dividends. Each year, the two FTSE 100 miners pay out a...

    8. October 22, 2014

      Yahoo bites back as activists circle

      Marissa Mayer has begun a fact-packed fightback against Yahoo’s activist shareholders, attempting to defend her efforts to...

    9. October 15, 2014

      Buyback trend among Australian companies gathers pace

      A trend by Australian companies to return cash to shareholders rather than invest in growth opportunities is gathering pace,...

    10. October 12, 2014

      Buybacks: Money well spent?

      Bonanza There was no sign of Carl Icahn’s trademark aggression in the letter he sent last week to Tim Cook, Apple’s chief...

    11. October 9, 2014

      Icahn calls on Apple to step up share buybacks

      Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has called on Apple to increase its share buy-back programme, claiming that the world’s...

    12. October 8, 2014

      Capital Group raps activists for pushing share buybacks

      One of the world’s largest fund managers has hit out at activist investors for pressuring companies to buy back shares at...

    13. October 3, 2014

      Even in an uncertain world, there are investment choices

      I’ve been a bullish bear on most markets on and off for some years now. By that I mean that I remain pretty convinced that...

    14. September 9, 2014

      ABB: second grade

      ABB: an appropriate name for a company not earning enough to make the best grade. The Swiss engineering group has trailed...

    15. August 24, 2014

      Share buybacks: dodgy rewards?

      In the 1919 US court case of Dodge v Ford, the Michigan court ruled that the purpose of a business is to return profits to...

    16. August 22, 2014

      Equity bulls face slowing share buybacks

      One of the biggest drivers of the US equity bull run has retreated as the S&P 500 ventures further into record territory....

    17. August 7, 2014

      Record iron ore production fuels Rio Tinto earnings

      Rio Tinto has flagged the prospect of material cash returns to investors after the Anglo-Australian miner announced...

    18. June 29, 2014

      Tide turning against buybacks ahead of the market top

      Follow the money. There is always a kind of truth in the way that companies choose to deploy their cash. And it looks, in...

    19. June 25, 2014

      Monsanto lifts full-year earnings guidance

      Monsanto shares rose more than 5 per cent as the world’s largest maker of genetically-modified seeds maintained its bullish...

    20. June 19, 2014

      Rolls-Royce to return gas turbine proceeds in £1bn share buyback

      Shares in Rolls-Royce jumped on Thursday after the UK engine maker reassured investors that it is planning no major...

    21. June 18, 2014

      US share buybacks and dividends hit record

      US share buybacks and dividend payments climbed to a record level in the first quarter of 2014, as companies chose to boost...

    22. June 17, 2014

      Shell to raise $5bn with Woodside stake sale

      Royal Dutch Shell is to raise $5bn from the sale of a 19 per cent stake in Australian energy company Woodside Petroleum,...

    23. June 9, 2014

      Japan’s companies loosen grip on cash

      As a rule, Japan Inc has long squirrelled cash away. Companies in the Topix 500, excluding financial stocks, were holding...

    24. April 29, 2014

      Nokia unveils Rajeev Suri as new chief executive

      Nokia announced plans to return €3bn to shareholders through dividends and share buybacks as the Finnish technology company...

    25. April 27, 2014

      Apple prepares for $17bn jumbo bond sale

      Apple is preparing the groundwork for another blockbuster debt sale in the region of $17bn that could rank as the...

    26. April 18, 2014

      BlackRock chief preaches tech spending to the unconverted

      When Larry Fink, chief executive the world’s largest fund management company, opines on the best uses of cash, his words...

    27. April 14, 2014

      Debt grows at biggest US groups

      The biggest US companies have added significantly to their debts over the past three years, at the same time as corporate...

    28. March 25, 2014

      Pressure on buybacks is starting to build

      The simplest good news scenario for US stocks to justify their high valuations involves a solid economic recovery and...

    29. March 4, 2014

      Apple’s Maestri appointment raises hope of more share buybacks

      Apple is to appoint its first new financial chief in 10 years, as newcomer Luca Maestri is promoted to replace Peter...

    30. February 19, 2014

      L’Oréal stock deal reveals how Nestlé sees its future

      Executives who excel at elaborate business deals know from experience that their stories will convince some investors and...

    31. February 12, 2014

      L’Oréal to use up excess cash by paying dividends

      L’Oréal intends to continue increasing dividend payments as the principal way to use its cash, chief executive Jean-Paul...

    32. February 11, 2014

      Bettencourt family – riches and a public falling out

      Liliane Bettencourt is renowned as France’s richest woman, thanks to her stake in L’Oréal, but she is also famed in her...

    33. February 11, 2014

      Nestlé sells €6bn L’Oréal stake back to cosmetics group

      Nestlé is stepping back from its 40-year relationship with L’Oréal by selling a €6bn stake in the cosmetics maker back to...

    34. February 10, 2014

      L’Oréal shares climb on Nestlé stake buyback rumours

      Shares in L’Oréal climbed on Monday as speculation grew that the world’s largest cosmetics group by sales was moving towards...

    35. February 10, 2014

      Activist investor Icahn drops Apple buyback demand

      Carl Icahn has conceded defeat in his attempt to force Apple to return a much greater chunk of its $160bn cash pile to...

    36. February 7, 2014

      Apple spends $14bn on buybacks after share slump

      Apple has already spent more than half of the $100bn it pledged to return to shareholders by the end of next year, the...

    37. January 23, 2014

      Icahn buys $1bn more Apple shares lifting holding to $3.6bn

      Carl Icahn redoubled his challenge to Apple’s board on Thursday, calling the iPhone maker “perhaps the most overcapitalised...

    38. December 18, 2013

      US share buybacks highest since 2008

      US companies are spending more on buying back their shares than at any time since the financial crisis, as they seek to...

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