A Big Slowdown in Stock Buybacks

Buybacks dropped in the second quarter, and market uncertainty means third-quarter buybacks may fall farther still
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While high-profile U.S. companies like Microsoft (MSFT), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), and Nike (NKE) have boosted their stock buyback plans in recent days amid elevated stock-market volatility, repurchase activity actually slowed considerably in the most recent quarter.

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