Charting the Course: S&P500 companies’ 2018 stock buybacks may finally eclipse the record 2007 level

Companies may repurchase a record $650 billion of stock in 2018

  • Tech leaders are a huge % of this number, in the last quarter they bought back vast amounts of stock.
  • These activities are thought to support stock market values.
  • 2007 is the year still holding record for stock buyback levels.
  • Stock buyback in 2007 were a reason people said the market would remain going up.
  • 2007 is also infamous as the predecessor year of the 2008 crush and following “great recession”.

Source: S&P Dow Jones, Hedge Fund Telemetry, Goldman Sachs


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