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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What household wealth does — and doesn't — say about this economy

Dec 8, 2021
The Federal Reserve's quarterly snapshot of household net worth comes out this week.
Stocks make up 30% of household wealth in the U.S. Above, people walk past the New York Stock Exchange.
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What's the value of a good stock ticker?

Sep 2, 2021
A gray market in stock symbols is emerging on Wall Street, and some fetch six figures. Bloomberg’s Katie Greifeld tried to buy MEME.
Companies with clever ticker symbols outperformed the market from 2006 to 2018, a study showed. Bloomberg reporter Katie Greifeld tried to buy MEME.
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Is it worth getting traded on over-the-counter markets?

May 13, 2021
A New Jersey deli that reached a market capitalization of more than $100 million on an over-the-counter exchange raised many eyebrows.
Hometown International, which owns a single deli in New Jersey, reportedly had a market capitalization of more than $100 million.  (Pictured above: A generic pastrami sandwich.)
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Thinking about moving investments because of a new president? You might want to wait a bit longer.

Nov 12, 2020
"It's hard to see how electing any president makes a difference to people's long-term portfolios," says Barry Ritholtz.
"Changing your allocation between stocks and bonds, moving to cash — any big change caused by the headlines, that's an emotional reaction, and emotions are never a good guide star for managing your assets," says Barry Ritholtz.
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Stocks rise as Trump tweets on stimulus keep market spinning

Oct 7, 2020
The president appeared to backtrack on his earlier decision to halt talks with Democrats over a new stimulus package.
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Why Apple and Tesla are splitting stocks

Aug 31, 2020
Investors will see more shares, but at a lower price.
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Wall Street zooms higher on news of labor market improvements

Jun 5, 2020
The S&P 500 was up 2.2% after the government said that U.S. employers added 2.5 million workers to their payrolls last month.
Stocks are rushing higher in morning trading Friday after a much better-than-expected report on the U.S. job market.
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What are negative interest rates?

Aug 22, 2019
While the U.S. waits on word of rate cuts, the global economy is seeing negative interest rates.
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