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Why we love to hate stock buybacks

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General Motors says it will buy back $5 billion worth of its own stock, but critics say the company could use the money to pay workers more or advance green initiatives. Mario Tama/Getty Images

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Weekly Wrap

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    GM plans to buy back $5 billion worth of its own stock. Why do critics love to hate this corporate maneuver?
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