Announced Share Buybacks in the U.S.

Announced Share Buybacks in the U.S. This chart puts into perspective the year-to-date running total of announced share buybacks in the U.S., The coronavirus pandemic stops share repurchases, and for the first time since 2009, S&P 500 companies spent more on dividends than on share buybacks. Image: Fidelity Investments

U.S. Share Buybacks and Dividends

U.S. Share Buybacks and Dividends Bye-bye buybacks? U.S. share buybacks are almost cut in half by the coronavirus pandemic. Image: Financial Times

Gross Share Buyback Announcements

Gross Share Buyback Announcements Bye-bye buybacks? Announced share buybacks suggest a downshift in buyback activity this year. Image: J.P. Morgan

S&P 500 Sectors Announced Buybacks

S&P 500 Sectors Announced Buybacks This chart puts into perspective announced share buybacks by sector in the United States. Image: Deutsche Bank Asset Allocation

Buybacks in 2020

Buybacks in 2020 Bye-bye buybacks? Buybacks are expected to fall by 50% this year compared with 2019 levels, suggesting slower EPS growth and less support for stock prices. Image: J.P. Morgan

S&P 500 EPS Growth vs. Buyback Growth

S&P 500 EPS Growth vs. Buyback Growth This chart shows the historical correlation between S&P 500 EPS growth and buyback growth (R² = 0.32). Goldman Sachs expects buybacks to fall by 50% during 2020 and EPS by 33%. Image: Goldman Sachs Global Investment Research