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  • UNITED AIRLINES EXPECTS TO SPEND AT LEAST $750 MILLION REPURCHASING STOCK IN Q1- ACTING CFO.

  • The U.S. budget airline, whose shares rose 0.4 percent in premarket trading, also said it would soon start a $500 million accelerated stock buyback. Earnings before special items rose 46 percent to $591 million, or 90 cents a share, as the plummeting cost of jet fuel added $189 million to Southwest's bottom line. Analysts on average expected 90 cents a share,...

  • Can buybacks rescue the markets?

    CNBC's senior markets commentator Mike Santoli shares his thought on companies buying back stock.

  • Here's why stock buybacks help

    The liquidity and ability to prop up stock prices from stock buybacks helps smoothen out the wild market ride, says Keith Fitz-Gerald, chief investment strategist at MoneyMorning.com.

  • Taking stock of the buyback boom

    CNBC's Dan Murphy reports on the rising popularity of stock buybacks and how they benefit companies.

  • General Motors lifts 2016 profit forecast

    GM raised its earnings guidance, while also increasing its stock buyback program and quarterly dividend.

  • DETROIT, Jan 13- General Motors Co said on Wednesday it will return cash to shareholders by raising its stock buyback program by 80 percent to $9 billion and increasing its dividend by 6 percent, sending shares up 4.3 percent in premarket trading. GM also raised its 2016 earnings per share forecast to $5.25 and $5.75 per share from a previous 2016 outlook made in...

  • DETROIT, Jan 13- General Motors Co said on Wednesday it will return cash to shareholders by raising its stock buyback program by 80 percent to $9 billion and increasing its dividend by 6 percent. GM also raised its 2016 earnings per share forecast to $5.25 and $5.75 per share from a previous 2016 outlook made in October of between $5.00 and $5.50 per share.

  • *Targets 200 million euros in cost cutting by 2018. AMSTERDAM, Jan 13- Aegon's shares surged on Wednesday after the Dutch insurer said it would buy back shares and hike its dividend, and confirmed its solvency ratio is near the high end of earlier guidance. Aegon said it had a solvency ratio of around 160 percent at the end of 2015 under Europe's new Solvency II regime,...

  • Jan 11- Medical device maker Medtronic Plc said it planned to buy back shares worth up to $5 billion over the next couple of years. The company said on Monday an internal reorganization in September had resulted in cash and cash equivalents of $9.3 billion, which would be used to fund the buyback and to repay debt. Medtronic also raised the lower end of its full-year...

  • Dec 16- American International Group Inc said on Wednesday that its board had authorized a $3 billion share repurchase plan.

  • Dec 14- Dell Inc said in a filing on Monday that it has the flexibility to buy back at least $3 billion in VMWare Inc tracking stock, the special class of shares the computer maker plans to issue to help finance its acquisition of EMC Corp.. The disclosure could prove important as Dell seeks ways to boost the value of VMware, a virtualization software maker...

  • SAO PAULO, Dec 14- Brazil's securities industry watchdog has rejected a proposal by Grupo BTG Pactual SA to repurchase up to 41 percent of shares in circulation to stem a price slump triggered by the arrest of the embattled investment bank's founder late last month. The watchdog, known as CVM, said in a decision published on its website and dated Friday that the...

  • SAO PAULO, Dec 14- Brazil's securities industry watchdog has rejected a proposal by Grupo BTG Pactual SA to repurchase up to 41 percent of shares in circulation to stem a price slump triggered by the arrest of the embattled investment bank's founder late last month. The watchdog, known as CVM, said in a decision published on its website and dated Friday that the...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 10- For the last several years, big U.S. companies have lived by an unswerving rule: buy back shares to increase returns to shareholders. The Fed is expected to raise interest rates at the end of its Dec. 15-16 meeting for the first time in nearly a decade. "A quarter of a percentage point is not going to make much of a difference," said to David Joy, chief market...

  • *Oil shares fall after OPEC plans to maintain production high. TOKYO, Dec 7- Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Monday after U.S. jobs data suggested that the economy was strong enough to sustain a U.S. "Since the Japanese market saw a deep fall on Friday, the U.S. job data offered a quick chance to buy back," said Takuya Takahashi, a strategist at Daiwa Securities.

  • Dec 3- Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is unlikely to be interested in buying Yahoo Inc's core business, the Wall Street Journal reported. Board members are also expected to discuss the details of the planned spinoff of Yahoo's 15 percent stake in Alibaba, worth more than $30 billion. Alibaba will be interested in repurchasing its shares from...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 2- Investors who made early bets on Marissa Mayer's ability to turn around Yahoo Inc were well rewarded for their faith: the share price has more than doubled and widely outperformed the broader stock market since she took over as president and CEO in July 2012. The board of Yahoo is weighing a sale of its core Internet business when it meets this week...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 2- Investors who made early bets on Marissa Mayer's ability to turn around Yahoo! Yahoo's stock closed at $15.64 when Mayer was appointed president and chief executive on July 16, 2012. The rally was largely fueled by its stakes in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Yahoo Japan Corp. Less than half of its market cap is attributable to Yahoo's own business,...

  • SAO PAULO, Nov 25- Brazil's Grupo BTG Pactual SA scrambled to contain fallout from the arrest of its billionaire boss on Wednesday, tapping cash reserves to cover client redemptions and announcing a stock buyback to prop up plunging shares. The moves highlighted investors' concerns whether Latin America's largest independent investment bank can thrive...