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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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,...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. December 17, 2013

    3M’s share buyback could rise to $22bn

    3M said it expects to repurchase up to $22bn of its shares in the five years through 2017 as the US materials conglomerate...

  21. September 19, 2013

    US court delays Vivendi’s $8.2bn Activision stake sale

    A US court has delayed Vivendi’s planned $8.2bn sale of most of its stake in Activision Blizzard, the California-based...

  22. September 13, 2013

    Sanofi hints it could repurchase L’Oréal’s stake

    Sanofi, the French pharmaceuticals company, has hinted that it could repurchase L’Oréal’s 9 per cent stake in its shares if...

  23. August 21, 2013

    Share buybacks could provide equity inspiration

    Uncertainty over the outlook for global economic growth and corporate earnings has left equity market investors seeking...

  24. May 21, 2013

    Executives cash in as cheap debt funds staff buybacks

    Companies are increasingly using cheap debt to buy shares back from their own employees, highlighting how record low...

  25. April 12, 2013

    Share buybacks bode ill for real economy

    Last year, when its stock price was around $20, Jakks Pacific, a designer and marketer of toys, spent about $80m on buying...

  26. February 13, 2013

    General Electric: money to play with

    General Electric must be reading the newspapers. With various companies – notably Apple – taking heat for having lazy...

  27. June 6, 2012

    Dragon Oil launches $200m share buyback

    Dragon Oil, the cash-rich explorer with production assets off Turkmenistan, has launched a $200m share buyback programme...

  28. April 27, 2012

    Bakrie family fails to top up loan

    Indonesia’s powerful Bakrie family has not paid the $100m needed to restore the collateral on a $437m loan guaranteed with...

  29. April 22, 2012

    Payouts boost UK dividends to £18.8bn

    Dividend payments by UK listed companies rose by a quarter to £18.8bn in the first three months of this year, boosted by two...

  30. April 22, 2012

    Low rates fuel early debt repayments

    Some European companies are taking advantage of low interest rates, healthy cash reserves and receptive investors to repay...

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