stock buybacks

3 Ways Stock Buybacks Hurt Investors

Walmart's $15 billion stock buyback plan may be popular with investors, but is it really in their best interests? Read this before celebrating buybacks as an unqualified good.

Fed to Announce Which Banks Can Raise Payouts, Buy Back Stock

The Federal Reserve will announce this afternoon which banks will be eligible to raise their dividends and buy back stock. Some analysts say regional banks are likely to be the big beneficiaries. Evercore Partners says Keycorp, State Street and Northern Trust are the ones most likely to raise their payouts.

Why Is Warren Buffett Buying Back Berkshire Hathaway Stock?

Earlier this month, famed billionaire and Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett dropped a bombshell. Breaking with past practice, and changing the financial rules he himself laid down, Berkshire is buying back its own stock -- and he plans to keep buying it back. What lessons does that hold for investors?

Is Walgreen Going Too Far With Its Higher Dividend?

Walgreen, the leading U.S. pharmacy chain, recently increased its quarterly dividend by 28.6%, the largest increase in the company's 110-year history, from 17.5 cents a share to 22.5 cents a share. But is it giving away cash it's really going to need for its expansion plans?

Stock Buybacks:
A Warning Sign for Smart Investors

Last year saw a surge in stock repurchases -- companies like ExxonMobil, Walmart and Microsoft bought back shares at record levels. Buybacks can be seen as a cash giveaway to investors, and they boost earnings per share. But there's a strong reason to be wary of companies that do buybacks.

What's Really Wrong With Letting Banks Pay Big Dividends

The Federal Reserve is finally admitting that not all the big banks are healthy: Bank of America won't get to pay increased dividends. But none of those financial giants should be allowed to, and a logical look at the reasons they say they want to dole out the cash makes it totally clear why.

Retailers Prepare for Rising Prices in a Down Economy

Retailers forecast that 2011 will be a year spent dealing with inflation, expanding stores and trying to wean shoppers off their markdown habit. Faced with rising costs that are pushing their prices higher, merchants say they have to focus on growing sales, regardless of the economic pressures.

What's Behind the Share Buyback Binge?

Companies that have piled up cash over the past few years are finding one good use for it: Repurchasing their own shares. January alone saw $57 billion in buybacks, compared with $357 billion for all of 2010. While buybacks don't add value, they do give investors more options.

The Downside of Buybacks Plus Higher Dividends

Over the last three years, companies that boosted dividends or initiated stock buybacks -- both methods intended to raise price per share -- lost an average of more than 10% in stock price. But cash-hoarding companies that did both lost an average of more than 21%.

Repurchase Mania: The Top 10 Buyback Stocks

When IBM raised its stock buyback authorization by $10 billion on Oct. 26, it became the 259th company to announce repurchase plans in October alone. Citi Investment Research says the long-term trend of rising share repurchases has only just begun.

Why Stock Buybacks Are a Waste of Shareholder Resources

So far in 2010, U.S. companies have announced stock buybacks totaling more than five times as much as they had at this time last year. But evidence suggests that such buybacks a more likely to be money losing propositions -- except for the CEOs whose bonuses they artificially inflate.

Four Cash-Rich Pharma Picks From Goldman

While a new report from Goldman says health care is in a state of flux that most of the sector's companies haven't adjusted to yet, it also pinpoints four that have plenty of cash that could be put to good use for investors.

Companies Are Buying Back Shares, Not Hiring

With many companies flush with cash, many had hoped that they would fuel the recovery by hiring and spending. Instead, some companies are returning the money to investors through share buybacks. Find out how this could impact the economy.

Companies give up on stock buybacks

Back when the stock market was booming, companies were buying back shares at a record pace -- often taking on debt to do it. Now corporate profits...

Michael Milken bashes stock buybacks

In an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal, famed junk bond financier Michael Milken discusses the importance of prudent capital management -- and...