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1. An act of buying something that one previously sold or owned.
2. The repurchase of stock by the company that issued it, as to reduce holdings of a single investor or increase the value of shares by reducing their number.
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1. the buying of something that one previously sold.
2. any arrangement to take back something as a condition of a sale.
3. a repurchase by a company of its own stock.
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Noun1.buyback - the act of purchasing back something previously sold
purchase - the acquisition of something for payment; "they closed the purchase with a handshake"
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Sherrod Brown (D.-Ohio), the top Democrat on the committee, pressed Clayton to agree to change a rule the SEC established 36 years ago that allowed stock buybacks as long as they aren't "manipulative." Clayton agreed the agency has the power to change that rule.
Sure, stock buybacks increase share prices because of the liquidity effects that push the demand for stocks, but only temporarily as buy orders quickly fade away after a few weeks.
The current accounting rule for stock buybacks is to only record the cost of the buyback as a reduction in the equity section of the balance sheet.
It's hard to think of a bigger corporate cash-machine on the planet than Apple, which has reported another earth-shaking $100 billion in stock buybacks for its shareholders.
( Stock buybacks  have become increasingly popular in recent years as successful companies have more money to return to shareholders and seek to do so in the most tax-advantageous way possible.
While many companies will opt to increase dividend payouts, increase capital expenditures and pay down debt, some will respond by increasing stock buybacks.
This paper extends prior corporate stock buy back studies by evaluating the effect of stock buybacks on growth and non-growth industries.
There are several reasons of stock buybacks. Supporters of buybacks say that buybacks place money into investor 's hands in a tax-efficient manner.
Since American Capital began stock buybacks in August 2011 through December 31, 2015, American Capital made open market purchases of 159.7 million shares or 46 percent of shares outstanding as of June 30, 2011, for an aggregate of USD2.0 billion, of American Capital common stock at an average price of USD12.62 per share.
Although popular for over 25 years, corporate stock buybacks have accelerated in recent years, with billions of dollars in repurchases following the financial crisis of the late 2000s (Schwartz, 2011; Thomasson & Xydias, 2010).
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