Dividends and Buybacks

Facebook Raises Share Buybacks by $9 Billion

As Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) shares continue their brutal sell-off, the company's board has increased its share buyback pool by $9 billion. The board set up a $15 billion facility ...
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Will AT&T’s Debt Interfere With Its Massive Dividend in the Coming Years?

It has been quite obvious that corporations buying back billions of dollars worth of their own stock have helped to support and prop up equity prices in recent years. Now ...
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High Debt Maturities Bring Risk to the Endless Stock Buyback Addiction After 2018

Now that 2018 is nearing an end, it is a serious time for investors to start thinking about expectations in 2019 rather than looking back at how choppy 2018 has been. ...
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What Cleveland-Cliffs Has Planned After a Rocky Quarter

Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. (NYSE: CLF) shares were up handily early on Monday after the company announced that it will be initiating a new share repurchase plan. Now seems to be the ...
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Why the GE Share Sale of Baker Hughes and the Buyback Matter to Shareholders

General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) has been in free fall, and the company obviously has lost its own narrative. Now, newly appointed CEO Larry Culp is proving that he wants ...
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After the Midterm Elections, 10 Defensive Stocks to Buy for 2019

The political pollsters actually got it right this time. The Republican party kept the Senate, but the Democrats took back control of the House of Representatives in the 2018 midterm ...
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Is Warren Buffett’s and Berkshire Hathaway’s Big Stock Buyback Really All That Big?

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK-A) (NYSE: BRK-B) reported earnings over the weekend, and Wall Street was cheering on Warren Buffett's conglomerate despite insurance exposure to storms during the third quarter. One ...
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6 Most Important Things in Business Today: China Economy Slows

There is more evidence that the Chinese economy slowed this month. According to MarketWatch: An official gauge of activity in China's manufacturing sector slipped to a more than two-year low ...
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6 Most Important Things in Business Today

Chinese stocks surged on hope the government will stimulate the economy. According to Reuters: Asian share markets swung into the black on Monday as the promise of more stimulus boosted ...
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The Case for a General Electric Breakup Under New CEO Larry Culp

While firing an underperforming chief executive officer can help a company, sometimes the bad news is that more bad news is coming. This week's firing of John Flannery as CEO ...
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Rising Interest Rates and All, 13 Blue Chips Outyield 10-Year and 30-Year Treasuries

After a series of stops and starts throughout the Federal Reserve's interest rate hiking cycle, the eventual rise in long-term interest rates finally has started to play out in 2018. ...
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Are All of Warren Buffett’s Top Stock Picks Still Grossly Undervalued?

It may have become routine to say that the stock market keeps hitting all-time highs. Still, many investors find it hard (or even impossible) to win by investing in individual stocks. After all, the ...
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Oracle Just Became Guilty of Buying Back Too Much Stock

Investors love when capital is returned to them by companies. This can be in the form of dividends or share buybacks. There is a dark side to dividends and stock ...
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American Express Delivers on a Plan to Keep Hiking Its Dividend

Investors love their dividends. What long-term investors love even more than routine dividends is when a company keeps raising its dividend year after year. American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) may ...
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Fed Will Raise Rates This Week: 5 Top Dividend Total Return Stocks to Own

Higher interest rates are generally bad for bondholders if they hold longer dated debt with lower coupons, and that has been the case for many as overall interest rates have ...
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