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Amidst an uncertain economic environment over the last few years, US companies accumulated high levels of cash as they cut R&D, capital expenditures, and hiring.[1] With an improved economic outlook there has been increased pressure on firms from shareholders to return that cash to shareholders – either directly through dividends or nominally via stock repurchases[2]. Buybacks offer companies and shareholders many potential benefits: They provide a flexible approach for management to return surplus funds during times of market weakness, they have instilled a vote of confidence in a company’s performance, and they can boost earnings per share[1] by reducing the total number of shares outstanding. Some investors also believe management is also signaling that a company’s stock is cheap at current valuations.[3] And buybacks are clearly on the upswing: S&P 500 companies have purchased more than $415 billion of their own stock in the 12 months prior September 2013.[4] See more
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Weight Segment & Stocks Symbol 1 MO / 1 YR Return
21.8% Real Estate 9.7%
8.3% SL Green Realty Corp SLG 10.5%
7.7% Retail Properties of America Inc. Class A RPAI 1.3%
5.9% 8xx 8xx 8xxxxxx 8xxxx 8xx 88.8%
21.0% Financials 3.6%
7.8% Citigroup Inc. C 22.9%
7.7% 8xx 8xxxxxxxx 8xxxxxxxxxx 8xx 88.8%
5.6% 8xxxxxx 8xxxxxxx 8xxx 8xx 88.8%
18.5% Consumer Discretionary 1.9%
6.6% 8xxxxxx 8xxxxxxxxxxxx 8xxx 8xx 88.8%
5.9% 8xxx 8x 8xx 8xx 8xxx 8xxx 88.8%
3.7% 8xxxxxx 8xxxxxx 8xxxxxxx 8xxx 8xxxxx 8 8 8xxxx 88.8%
2.3% 8xx 8xxxxxx 8xxxxxxxxxx 8xxxx 8 8xx 88.8%
10.7% Communication Services 13.6%
5.8% 8xxxxxx 8xxxxx 8xx 8xxxx 88.8%
4.9% 8xx 8xxxxxxx 8xxx 8xxx 88.8%
6.6% Energy 19.0%
4.1% 8xxxxxx 8xxxxx 8xxxxxxxxxx 8xx 88.8%
2.5% 8xxxx 8xxxxx 8xxxxxxxxxx 8xx 88.8%
5.9% Industrials 18.5%
5.9% 8xxxx 8xxxxxxxxxx 8xx 88.8%
4.5% Information Technology 1.0%
4.5% 8xxxxxx 8xxxxxxx 8xxx 8xxx 88.8%
3.2% Utilities 46.7%
3.2% 8xxxx 8xxxxxx 8xxx 8xx 88.8%
2.9% Consumer Staples --
2.9% 8xxxxxxx 8xxxxx 8xxxxxxx 8xxx 8xx --
2.6% Health Care 27.4%
2.6% 8xxxx 8xxx 8xx 88.8%
2.3% Materials 8.6%
2.3% 8xxxxxxx 8xxx 8xxx 88.8%

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