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Amidst an uncertain economic environment over the last few years, US companies accumulated high levels of cash as they cut R&D, capital expenditures, and hiring.[1] With an improved economic outlook there has been increased pressure on firms from shareholders to return that cash to shareholders – either directly through dividends or nominally via stock repurchases[2]. Buybacks offer companies and shareholders many potential benefits: They provide a flexible approach for management to return surplus funds during times of market weakness, they have instilled a vote of confidence in a company’s performance, and they can boost earnings per share[1] by reducing the total number of shares outstanding. Some investors also believe management is also signaling that a company’s stock is cheap at current valuations.[3] And buybacks are clearly on the upswing: S&P 500 companies have purchased more than $415 billion of their own stock in the 12 months prior September 2013.[4] See more
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Weight Segment & Stocks Symbol 1 MO / 1 YR Return
39.4% Financials 13.2%
12.2% CIT Group Inc (DEL) CIT 25.7%
6.8% Discover Financial Services DFS 14.1%
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15.3% Consumer Discretionary 17.7%
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2.6% 8xxxxx 8xxxxxxxxx 8xxxx 8xx 8xx 88.8%
12.5% Health Care 19.2%
6.6% 8xxxxxx 8xxxxxx 8xxxxxx 8xxxxxx 8xxx 88.8%
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8.7% Utilities 5.7%
8.7% MDU Resources Group Inc. MDU 5.7%
7.4% Consumer Staples 7.7%
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2.7% 8xxxxxxx 8xxxxxxx 8xxx 8xxxxxx 8xx 88.8%
5.5% Information Technology 7.2%
3.2% 8x 8xxxxxxx 8xxx 8xxx 88.8%
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4.6% Industrials 59.1%
4.6% 8xxxx 8xxxxxxxxxx 8xx 88.8%
4.5% Materials 2.4%
4.5% 8xxxxx 8xx 8xxxxxxxxxx 8xx 88.8%
2.1% Real Estate 6.9%
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