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  • Merck increases share buyback plan   Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 10:18 AM ET
    Merck increases share buyback plan

    The New Jersey-based drug giant buys back $10 billion worth of its own shares. CNBC's Landon Dowdy reports.

  • KENILWORTH, N.J.— Merck& Co. says its board approved the repurchase of up to $10 billion more of its stock. The drugmaker said Tuesday that amount will be added to the $1.7 billion remaining available for repurchase under a prior authorization. Shares of the Kenilworth, New Jersey- based company rose 86 cents, or 1.5 percent, to $59.49 in aftermarket trading...

  • Merck increases share buyback program by $10 bln Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 5:24 PM ET

    March 24- Drugmaker Merck Inc said its board authorized an additional share repurchase of up to $10 billion of the company's common stock. The total outstanding share repurchase authorization is now about $11.7 billion, the company said on Tuesday. Shares of the company, which has a market capitalization of about $166 billion, were up 1.39 percent at $59.45 in...

  • Google's new CFO, new dividend?   Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 5:04 PM ET
    Google's new CFO, new dividend?

    Google announced the company hired new CFO Ruth Porat, which leaves many wondering about a dividend or a buyback. Martin Pyykkonen, Rosenblatt Securities senior analyst, says this hire is a positive move.

  • Buyback blackout   Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 5:00 PM ET
    Buyback blackout

    The buyback blackout is the period of time before a company reports earnings when it cannot announce new buybacks. The FMHR traders take their positions.

  • LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Humana plans to sell occupational health care provider Concentra for about $1.06 billion, as the health insurer refines its focus on providing patient care. Humana will then use proceeds from the deal to buy back stock. Leerink analyst Ana Gupte said in a research note that the Concentra business didn't fit well with Humana's core Medicare...

  • Lowe's adds $5 billion to stock buyback program Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 4:56 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Home improvement retailer Lowe's said Friday that it will add $5 billion to its spending plan for buying company stock. The Mooresville, North Carolina- based company still has $2.4 billion left over from its previous program, bringing the fund to $7.4 billion. Shares of Lowe's Cos. have climbed 52 percent over the last year and are trading around...

  • MOSCOW, March 19- Russia's Norilsk Nickel, the world's second largest nickel and largest palladium producer, is considering a buy-back of its shares to support its stock, Interfax news agency quoted Vladimir Potanin, its chief executive, as saying on Thursday.

  • TOKYO, March 13- Japan's Nikkei hit a fresh 15- year high on Friday and posted fifth consecutive weeks of gains as industrial robot maker Fanuc Corp jumped 13 percent on a report that it will consider raising its dividend and buying back stock. Index heavyweight Fanuc contributed a hefty 124.57 positive points, or about 50 percent of the Nikkei's point gains.

  • *Fanuc jumps 12 pct on plan to boost dividend, talk to investors. TOKYO, March 13- Japanese shares extended gains on Friday as industrial robot maker Fanuc jumped more than 10 percent on a report that it will consider raising its dividend and buying back stock. Fanuc's about-turn could boost investors' appetite for Japanese shares as a successful case of Prime...

  • NEW YORK, March 11- Morgan Stanley withdrew a proposal to repurchase $4.9 billion worth of trust preferred securities in order to get approval from the U.S. Morgan Stanley's capital plan originally included buying back those hybrid securities, as well as the dividend increase and common stock buyback that it announced on Wednesday, said the person, who was not...

  • NEW YORK, March 11- Big U.S. banks, including JPMorgan Chase& Co and Citigroup Inc, are expected to win Federal Reserve backing on Wednesday to buy back more shares and increase their dividends in the coming year, but the approvals may be as much about the institutions' financial engineering as any improvement in their health. Issuing preferred shares to pay for...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St slumps on Greece concerns Tuesday, 10 Mar 2015 | 9:51 AM ET

    *Qualcomm jumps in premarket, to buy back shares. NEW YORK, March 10- U.S. stocks fell on Tuesday, dropping in a broad decline amid renewed concerns about debt talks with Greece and as crude oil fell, weighing on energy shares. "There's a lot of rhetoric out there, some of which feels like name-calling, all of which makes the situation read as worse than it used to be," said...

  • *Qualcomm jumps in premarket, to buy back shares. *Crude oil falls; Exxon, Halliburton weaker. NEW YORK, March 10- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Tuesday, pressured by weaker-than-expected data out of China as well as ongoing concerns about debt talks with Greece.

  • Harry Wilson: GM making progress, staying competitive

    Mary Barra is building a system around her that will be very successful, says Harry Wilson, Maeva Group chairman & CEO, sharing his thoughts on progress GM has made to improve and stay innovative and competitive.

  • Harry Wilson's truce with GM   Tuesday, 10 Mar 2015 | 8:05 AM ET
    Harry Wilson's truce with GM

    Harry Wilson, Maeva Group chairman & CEO, discusses why he withdrew his candidacy for a General Motors board seat after the automaker announced a $5 billion buyback program.

  • *Qualcomm jumps in premarket, to buy back shares. *Crude oil falls; Exxon, Halliburton weaker. NEW YORK, March 10- U.S. stock index futures fell on Tuesday, pressured by weaker-than-expected data out of China as well as ongoing concerns about debt talks in Greece.

  • Beware! Activist investors are winning   Tuesday, 10 Mar 2015 | 5:20 AM ET
    Beware! Activist investors are winning

    Charles Jacobs, partner at Linklaters, discusses the role of the activist shareholder following news that General Motors had agreed to a $5-billion stock buyback to end a standoff with an activist investor.

  • Qualcomm's $15 billion buyback; Traders say buy   Monday, 9 Mar 2015 | 5:12 PM ET
    Qualcomm's $15 billion buyback; Traders say buy

    Qualcomm will return $15 billion to shareholders in a share repurchase program, with the "Fast Money" traders.

  • Qualcomm also raised its quarterly dividend to 48 cents per share from 42 cents, effective March 25. The new buyback plan replaces the previous program, which had $2.1 billion authorization remaining, Qualcomm said. Qualcomm said on Monday it would continue to return at least 75 percent of its free cash flow to shareholders annually.