MINNEAPOLIS-- U.S. Bancorp is lifting its dividend 3.5 cents, to 23 cents, after receiving approval from the Federal Reserve. The Fed cleared the 18 percent dividend increase and the Minneapolis- based bank's plan to buy back $2.25 billion of its own stock in March after the lender passed a "stress test" to measure how it would fare in a recession.» Read More
Sears Holdings Monday reported declining quarterly same-store sales at its Kmart and Sears stores and tightened the range of its earnings outlook.
Retailer Home Depot said Thursday that it was in discussions to restructure terms of its previously announced deal to sell its supply unit, and also said it was lowering the price range for a tender offer under which it is buying back stock.
Q2 results are confirming the foreign growth story. Look at Halliburton. Halliburton reported killer earnings today; 68% of their revenues occur outside the U.S.Same with Merck: great earnings, has 40% of sales outside the U.S.
Expedia, the online travel agency controlled by Barry Diller, said it is cutting its plan to buy back its own shares by almost 80 percent, blaming a lack of attractive financing available in credit markets.
Shares of online travel agency Orbitz Worldwide fell 3 percent in their market debut Friday from a lowered initial offering price.
Paint and chemicals maker Rohm & Haas said after U.S. markets closed Monday that its board approved a $2 billion stock buyback plan that will be executed in two stages.
Today wasn't an all-time high for the Nasdaq, but there were plenty of investors who snapped up shares of semis and networking stocks. More than a few big cap techs posted multi-year highs on bullish predictions ahead of earnings, which kick off next week.
Corporate America is on a share buyback binge, fueling concerns that U.S. companies are masking underlying business problems and trying to pump up their executives' compensation.
Despite anxiety over subprime loans, tightening credit and weak housing, the U.S. stock market seems to keep bouncing back. Why? On "Morning Call," Bill Schultz, chief investment officer at McQueen, Ball & Associates, and David Dietze, president & chief investment strategist at Point View Financial Services, offered their takes.
Johnson & Johnson said on Monday its board of directors approved the repurchase of up to $10 billion of its common stock.
Integrated gas and electric company Dominion Resources said Thursday it will launch a self-tender offer to buy back about 55 million of its common shares for $82 to $92 per share.
Best Buy said on Wednesday that it would open more North American stores than previously planned, buy back $5.5 billion in stock and raise its dividend by 30 percent.
CKX agreed to be acquired by a group led by its chief executive for $13.75 a share in cash, sending its shares spiraling higher.
Lowe's said Friday its board approved a $3 billion increase to the home improvement retailer's stock buyback program through fiscal 2009 and increased its dividend.
Dutch retailer Ahold said on Wednesday it plans a reverse share split as part of a proposal to return 3 billion euros ($4.03 billion) to shareholders following the sale of a U.S. asset.
Share buybacks are seen driving the market rally. But is the record buyback level really a good thing? Jerry Castellini thinks so. The president and CIO of CastleArk Management explained his optimism to "Squawk on the Street" viewers.
Sun Microsystems authorized a stock buyback plan of $3 billion, the company announced Wednesday after the close. Shares soared on the news, rising more than 4% in after-hours trading.
Ajay Kapur says "10% of the U.S. economy...is slowing down." So why is the chief investment officer of First Horse Capital still so bullish on American equities? He explained his optimism to CNBC's Mark Haines, on "Squawk on the Street."
Investment bank Merrill Lynch said on Monday that it will buy back as much as $6 billion of its common stock over time.
An increasing number of share buybacks may be helping to prop up the market, reports CNBC’s Steve Liesman.