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.
The Security and Exchange Commission's proposals could attract pushback from corporate America.
Big companies spent nearly $200 billion on share repurchases last quarter. The lack of government oversight has drawn a backlash.
Dividend hikes and stock buybacks are on the way.
Washington Post columnist Allan Sloan says Boeing hasn't just parceled out profit to shareholders. The company "sent it out with a fire hose."
The aircraft maker is also a space and defense company, "a huge provider of government services," one expert says.
There are several reasons for the frenzy.
Buybacks among S&P 500 companies are projected to hit $1 trillion this year.
Goldman Sachs reported sharply higher profit this week, and yet its shares fell after Goldman said it wouldn’t be buying back stocks in the second quarter. In this respect, Goldman is an outlier. After the corporate tax rate dropped this year, American companies have been using cash to repurchase their own shares in furious fashion. […]