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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 YR Return
36.5% Financials 0.2%
17.7% Loews Corporation L 0.7%
8.3% CIT Group Inc (DEL) CIT 8.2%
5.3% 8xxxxxx 8xxxxxxx 8xxx 8xx 88.8%
5.2% 8xxxxxxxx 8xxx 8 88.8%
23.9% Consumer Discretionary 18.9%
6.4% Jack In The Box Inc. JACK 0.8%
6.1% 8xxxxxx 8xxxxxxxxxxxx 8xxx 8xx 88.8%
4.3% 8xxxxx 8xxxxxxx 8xxxxxx 8xx 88.8%
2.9% 8xxx 8xxxxxxx 8xxx 8xx 88.8%
2.4% 8xx 8xxxxx 8xxxx 8xx 8xx 88.8%
1.8% 8xxxxxx 8xxxxxxxxxxx 8xxx 8xxxxx 8xxxx 8xxx 88.8%
8.3% Energy 29.9%
4.6% 8xxxx 8xxxxx 8xxxxxxxxxx 8xx 88.8%
3.7% 8xxxxxx 8xxxxx 8xxxxxxxxxx 8xx 88.8%
7.8% Industrials 12.6%
5.0% 8xxxxxxx 8xxxxxxxxx 8xxx 8xx 88.8%
2.8% 8xxxxxxxx 8xxxx 8xxxxxxxxx 8xx 8xx 88.8%
6.4% Real Estate 8.8%
6.4% 8x 8xxxx 8xxxxx 8xxx 8xx 88.8%
4.8% Information Technology 5.8%
4.8% 8xxxxxx 8xxxxxxx 8xxx 8xxx 88.8%
4.5% Communication Services 13.0%
4.5% 8xxxxxx 8xxxxx 8xx 8xxxx 88.8%
3.1% Health Care 17.1%
3.1% 8xxxxxxxxx 8xxxxxxxxx 8xxxxxxxx 8xxx 8xxx 88.8%
2.5% Materials 25.1%
2.5% 8xxxxxxxxxx 8xxxxxxxxx 8xxx 8xx 88.8%
2.1% Utilities 57.0%
2.1% 8xxxx 8xxxxxx 8xxx 8xx 88.8%
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