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CNN Money: Corporate America is spending more on buybacks than anything else

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CNN Money: Corporate America is spending more on buybacks than anything else

A report out this week shows that shareholders of S&P 500 companies gained $384 billion worth of buybacks through the first half of 2018.

Meanwhile, a recent Ohio study detailed that of the ten most common jobs in the state, only two pay enough for the employee to rent a two-bedroom apartment.

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CNN Money: Corporate America is spending more on buybacks than anything else

Matt Egan – September 17, 2018

Key points:

  • For the first time in a decade, Corporate America is steering more money into stock buybacks than investing in the future.
  • S&P 500 companies rewarded shareholders with $384 billion worth of buybacks during the first half of 2018, according to a Goldman Sachs report published Friday.
  • That big bonanza for Wall Street is up 48% from last year and reflects spiking profitability thanks to corporate tax cuts.
  • And while business spending spending is up slightly—on new equipment, research projects and factories—buybacks are growing much faster.
  • The trend may not be done yet. Goldman Sachs predicted that share buyback authorizations among all US companies in all of 2018 will surpass $1 trillion for the first time ever.
  • Buybacks are typically cheered by shareholders, at least in the short term. One reason is that buybacks artificially inflate earnings per share by eliminating the number of shares outstanding.

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