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Stock buybacks: the pros and cons for companies and investors

Aug 19, 2022
GM plans to buy back $5 billion worth of its own stock. Why do critics love to hate this corporate maneuver?
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.
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Amazon shareholders to challenge the company on pay and working conditions

May 25, 2022
There are more than a dozen proposals posed to executives.
A sign is seen outside of an Amazon Go store at the Amazon.com Inc. headquarters on May 20, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. Among the proposals from shareholders challenging the company: An independent audit of working conditions at Amazon warehouses.
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How shareholders jumped to first in line for profits

Apr 25, 2022
A business theory helped put profits for shareholders ahead of other corporate interests.
Milton Friedman, one of the most influential economists of the 20th century.
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Poison pills: Why companies use the self-defense strategy

Apr 15, 2022
Shareholder rights plans, as they are also known, are used to fend off takeovers, like Elon Musk's bid for Twitter.
To prevent Elon Musk from holding too much stake in Twitter, the board has enacted a "poison pill," giving other shareholders the opportunity to buy more shares in order to dilute Musk's power.
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Why companies repurchase their own shares

Apr 4, 2022
Stock buybacks are typically meant to return value to shareholders. But critics say the cash could be used to create jobs or raise workers' pay.
Shareholders are the prime beneficiaries of stock buybacks, but is that the best use of excess corporate cash?
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Investors pressure Moderna to broaden global access to vaccine

Dec 28, 2021
The company is under scrutiny over vaccine equity. It received considerable U.S. government help in developing its vaccine.
As the omicron variant spreads, some shareholders of Moderna are criticizing the company, arguing its price for the COVID-19 vaccine is too high for low-income countries.
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Will shareholders make way for other stakeholders?

Aug 19, 2019
CEO group Business Roundtable says companies should consider how they're affecting employees, customers and society — in addition shareholders.
JPMorgan Chase will report earnings tomorrow.
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Corporations pledge to prioritize employees and environment

Aug 19, 2019
Amid criticism of wealth inequality and CEO pay, Business Roundtable vows to serve more than shareholders.
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Why stock buybacks soared at the end of 2018

May 2, 2019
There are several reasons for the frenzy.
Stocks have rallied in November, with the Dow reaching a milestone level Tuesday.
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The last CEO standing from the financial crisis

Oct 3, 2018
Cybersecurity is now the top worry of Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JPMorgan Chase.
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