*Saudi Arabia's finance minister says state to keep spending. *UAE companies buy back cheap shares. DUBAI, Dec 18- Stock markets in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates soared on Thursday after the price of oil rebounded and the Riyadh government eased investors' fears by saying it would continue spending heavily on economic development.» Read More
CBS, producer of "60 Minutes" and the crime series "CSI," said Tuesday it is buying back about 47 million shares of its Class B stock for $1.4 billion through an accelerated repurchase transaction.
Dow component Honeywell International said Friday its board of directors authorized the company to buy back up to $3 billion in common stock.
"3M is another example of Corporate America utilizing its balance sheet to maximize shareholder returns," Goldman Sachs analyst Jack Kelly said in a research note.
TJX, which owns clothing discounters T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, said on Friday that it authorized a new program to repurchase up to $1 billion of its common stock.
After a year of record profits, Wall Street firms are returning millions of dollars to their shareholders through dividends and buybacks.
World's biggest aluminum maker Alcoa said its board authorized a buyback of about 87 million shares and a more than 13% increase in its annual dividend.
Another twist in the controversy over stock options. A new academic study on backdating suggests many outside directors--who are supposed to safeguard against cozy relationships with management--received manipulated grants themselves. Alan Murray is Managing Editor of The Wall Street Journal. He was on "Morning Call" to discuss the issue.