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Buybacks from S&P 500 Companies Set Record in 2022

Companies in the S&P 500 spent more money repurchasing their own shares in 2022 than any other calendar year in history, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.

S&P 500 buybacks totaled $922.7 billion in 2022, up from $881.7 billion in 2021.

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Buybacks in the fourth quarter of 2022 came in at $211.2 billion, up 0.2% from prior quarter and down about 22% from the fourth quarter of 2021.

The bottom line on stock buybacks

In most cases, companies returning capital to shareholders, either in the form of buybacks or dividends, is a good thing. And, in many ways, buybacks have some significant advantages over paying dividends, especially if the stock is truly trading for less than its intrinsic value.


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