Samsung Seen Tapping $55 Billion Cash Pile for Share Buyback

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An attendant reaches for a Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone.

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Investors in Samsung Electronics Co. are watching their holdings plunge as new Galaxy smartphones get a lukewarm public response. With $55 billion in cash, the company may be poised to offer consolation.

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