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    1. April 27, 2016

      Alarm over corporate debt and stalled earnings

      Corporate America is swimming in cash. There is no great news about this, and no great mystery about where it came...

    2. April 26, 2016

      S&P 500 companies’ taste for buybacks grows

      The number of large US companies reducing their share count through buybacks jumped this year, reinforcing the appeal...

    1. April 18, 2016

      European share buybacks wait on QE boost

      When the number of willing buyers in a stock market begins to dwindle and prices fall, it perhaps makes sense to seek...

    2. March 18, 2016

      Calm after the first-quarter storms

      Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. As of Friday, the US stock market was exactly where it started the year. A...

    3. March 2, 2016

      Limits of buyback ‘financial engineering’

      The argument against the trend of companies buying back stock was well made by John Plender in the Financial Times this...

    4. March 1, 2016

      Blowing the whistle on buybacks and value destruction

      The wild gyrations in the stock market since January cast the high volume of share buybacks in 2015 in a fascinating...

    5. February 24, 2016

      The return of the ‘buyback bid’

      Stocks have enjoyed a nice rebound. Is that due to the return of the buyback bid? At the margin, corporates boosting...

    6. February 23, 2016

      Deutsche Bank bondholders decline buyback as confidence improves

      More than half the investors who could have sold €3bn in euro-denominated bonds back to Deutsche Bank at a discount...

    7. February 16, 2016

      Apple prices $12bn bond sale

      Apple, the most valuable company in the world, completed the second largest bond sale of the year on Tuesday to fund...

    8. February 16, 2016

      SoftBank shares soar on $4.4bn buyback

      Shares in SoftBank soared 16 per cent on Tuesday, a day after the Japanese telecoms group announced a $4.4bn share...

    9. February 12, 2016

      Deutsche Bank to launch buyback of its bonds

      Deutsche Bank is to launch a $5.4bn buyback of its own bonds in an attempt to reassure markets of its financial...

    10. February 10, 2016

      Carlyle starts $200m share buyback as quarterly profits drop

      Carlyle Group has become the latest listed US private equity house to begin buying back its battered stock, as the...

    11. February 7, 2016

      Private equity groups under pressure to buy own stock

      The world’s largest private equity companies are coming under increasing pressure to buy back their own listed shares...

    12. January 13, 2016

      GM raises dividend and forecasts on US car sales boom

      Detroit in pictures: images from the 2016 Auto Show General Motors underlined the financial boost from booming US car...

    13. December 22, 2015

      S Korea’s companies turn corner on dividends

      Investors in South Korea who have long complained about the country’s infamously low dividend yields could be forgiven...

    14. The Exchange

      November 20, 2015

      How an ageing population is driving the decline in equities

      Corporate share buybacks in the US have reached a post-crisis high. This matters, because the trend of declining stock...

    15. November 17, 2015

      RBS seeks to buy back £4.5bn of debt

      Royal Bank of Scotland has taken the unusual step of offering to buy back as much as £4.5bn of senior debt at a premium...

    16. November 12, 2015

      Siemens confident earnings are back on track

      Siemens unveiled a €3bn share buyback programme and gave an upbeat outlook for 2016 after a strong fourth quarter...

    17. October 29, 2015

      Nokia to buy back shares as profits fall

      Nokia shares jumped more than 9 per cent on Thursday after the company said it would return €4bn to investors through...

    18. October 29, 2015

      Samsung bows to investor pressure with $9.9bn share buyback

      Samsung Electronics bowed to heavy shareholder pressure as it announced a $10bn share buyback scheme and promised...

    19. October 29, 2015

      Samsung: cash machines

      Minority interests, rejoice: victory over a South Korean conglomerate. On Thursday, Samsung Electronics said it would...

    20. October 23, 2015

      Vote of no confidence in shareholder capitalism

      What exactly does shareholder capitalism expect of the people who run companies and who invest in them? And if it does...

    21. October 16, 2015

      GE could pursue some of activist’s plans

      General Electric is open to the idea of borrowing money to buy back more of its shares, its chief financial officer has...

    22. October 14, 2015

      Quality stocks should shine again

      Voters do not always answer pollsters honestly. They tend to give a “politically correct” answer when facing a fellow...

    23. October 2, 2015

      US earnings pose test for bullish views

      Having endured the worst quarterly performance in four years, US equity investors have priced in plenty of bad news for...

    24. September 15, 2015

      BIS breathes new life into calls for rate rises

      In introducing the Bank for International Settlements’ latest quarterly report Claudio Borio, head of the BIS’s...

    25. September 6, 2015

      Share buybacks are not the problem

      Stock buybacks are big and controversial. Hillary Clinton, the frontrunner for the US Democratic presidential...

    26. August 25, 2015

      Potash producer Uralkali plans $1.3bn share buyback

      Uralkali, the world’s largest potash producer by output, is planning its second billion-dollar share buyback this year...

    27. August 19, 2015

      Dividend stocks given new lease of life

      Dividend paying stocks — a popular trade of the low-interest rate era of the past several years — may have found new...

    28. August 12, 2015

      Lottery suspension slows Alibaba growth

      Alibaba has reported its slowest quarterly revenue growth for at least three years as a faltering economy, increased...

    29. August 9, 2015

      Drop in long-term investment hinders eurozone recovery

      The European Central Bank’s attempt to kick-start the eurozone economy is facing a stubborn reluctance among companies...

    30. August 7, 2015

      Samsung C&T buyback requests fail to derail deal

      Samsung C&T will spend Won670bn ($576m) buying back shares from dissenting shareholders, in one of the final steps...

    31. July 31, 2015

      US equity margin debt flags market top

      The Chinese stock markets have delivered a reminder — perhaps most of all to the leadership in Beijing — that markets...

    32. July 30, 2015

      Baidu looks to restore investor confidence

      Baidu is looking to restore investor confidence with a $1bn share buyback, after $12bn was wiped off the Chinese search...

    33. July 28, 2015

      Fresh hurdle for Samsung group merger

      The controversial merger of Samsung C&T with Cheil Industries faces a new potential obstacle, with a plunge in their...

    34. July 25, 2015

      BoE’s Haldane says corporations putting shareholders before economy

      The Bank of England’s chief economist has taken a swipe at the way corporations are run, accusing business leaders of...

    35. July 20, 2015

      Companies can invest and conduct buybacks

      A fashionable view among macroeconomists today is that investment by publicly quoted companies is being curtailed by...

    36. June 18, 2015

      China ADRs: homecoming

      Home is where the money is, for now. On Wednesday, internet security software maker Qihoo became the latest US-listed...

    37. June 15, 2015

      Winners and losers from share buybacks

      Steve Jobs once said: “There are unintended consequences to everything.” While he was referring to technological...

    38. June 10, 2015

      HeidelbergCement to return more cash to shareholders

      As rivals Lafarge and Holcim pursue a €41bn merger to create a new giant in building materials, Germany’s...

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