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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    1. 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 HeidelbergCement...

    2. June 4, 2015

      Ready money signals big problems in the merger market

      This week America’s corporate world passed a milestone. The value of deals in US-bound mergers and acquisitions amounted to...

    3. May 28, 2015

      Will share buyback craze spread to Europe?

      Share buybacks by big US companies have become emblematic of post-2007 crisis finance. Buybacks by Apple, General Electric...

    4. May 27, 2015

      Buybacks and dividends set to top $1tn

      US companies are bolstering their earnings as the share buyback boom shows little sign of ending. The proliferation of share...

    5. May 24, 2015

      Negative rates pose corporate conundrum

      Life for companies in Europe has been turned upside down. Like individuals, corporate treasurers are accustomed to paying...

    6. May 8, 2015

      Lament for share buyback short-termism

      Bolko Hohaus, who manages a technology fund for Lombard Odier in Geneva, recently called on the chief financial officer of a...

    7. April 28, 2015

      Apple sweetens S&P 500 buyback and dividend boom

      Apple is leading a surge in US companies returning cash to shareholders, with S&P 500 equity investors set to receive a...

    8. April 27, 2015

      Share buybacks: who really benefits?

      On April 20, David Einhorn, founder of hedge fund Greenlight Capital, sent out his first-quarter letter to investors. One of...

    9. April 26, 2015

      US share buybacks loot the future

      Observers of the US political scene complain about a dearth of leadership. The same is also true of the corporate world....

    10. April 23, 2015

      What value is left in buyback strategy?

      One of the factors readily believed to be underpinning the US equity bull run in recent years is the share buyback. This...

    11. April 21, 2015

      Bond investors grumble at buyback bonanza

      Shareholder activists are on the prowl, and fearful executives are taking no chances. US companies are expected to hand a...

    12. April 14, 2015

      US companies unleash share buyback binge

      An ageing US equity bull run retains one major source of buyers these days — the large companies that dominate the share...

    13. April 12, 2015

      US companies on course to return $1tn to shareholders in 2015

      Shareholders in the biggest US companies stand to receive a record $1tn in cash this year, as blue chips’ concerns over the...

    14. April 1, 2015

      Evraz announces $1.3bn loss and share buy-back

      Shares in Evraz, the steelmaker in which Roman Abramovich is the largest shareholder, rallied 4.9 per cent after it...

    15. March 13, 2015

      Eni to cut dividend and suspend share buyback

      Eni, the Italian oil major, on Friday became the first of the world’s biggest energy companies to cut its dividend after a...

    16. March 10, 2015

      Buybacks sustain US bull run

      The fatigued US bull-run has one piston that continues to fire. S&P 500 companies spent more than $900bn on share buybacks...

    17. March 9, 2015

      GM plans $5bn buyback in deal with activists

      General Motors on Monday announced plans to buy back $5bn in shares by the end of next year, in a compromise deal with an...

    18. February 12, 2015

      Rio Tinto dismisses talk of deal with Glencore

      Rio Tinto does not need to do a deal with Glencore, its chief executive Sam Walsh said after the Anglo-Australian miner...

    19. February 11, 2015

      Pepsi to return $9bn to shareholders

      PepsiCo announced plans to return up to $9bn to shareholders this year through a mix of dividends and share buybacks as it...

    20. February 11, 2015

      Loeb’s Third Point takes aim at Fanuc

      A famed US activist investor is taking on one of Japan’s most obsessive companies in what promises to be an epic clash of...

    21. February 10, 2015

      Hedge funds push GM for $8bn share buyback

      A central figure in the 2009 restructuring of the US auto industry is seeking a seat on General Motors’ board, in a surprise...

    22. January 27, 2015

      DuPont steps up cost-cutting plan

      DuPont has set out plans for accelerated cost cuts and share buybacks, as the largest US chemicals company by market...

    23. December 15, 2014

      Boeing dividend rise signals bullishness

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

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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,...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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