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The backbone of the stock market over the past 10 years is starting to fade

Total S&P 500 buybacks "seem to have peaked," since the great financial crisis, according to Sean Darby, global equity strategist at Jefferies.

Microsoft hits record high after announcing $40 billion stock buyback plan, dividend boost

The share repurchase plan marks the third one worth $40 billion the company has pursued in the last six years.

The stock market’s most important safety net is in danger

Share repurchases have been a crucial backstop for the equity bull market, which has run for more than 10 years.

Stock buybacks are set to hit a record $1 trillion this year, even as presidential candidates try to restrict them

Share buybacks have been roundly criticized by Democratic presidential candidates, who say companies are shortchanging the economy by doing them.

Stock markets are shrinking

The US stock market has de-equitised, a fancy term that basically means companies are buying more shares than they are issuing, every year since 2011.
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) prepares to testify to the Senate Judiciary Committee during a hearing about legislative proposals to improve school safety in the wake of the mass shooting at the high school in Parkland, Florida, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., March 14, 2018.

Companies bought back a record $223 billion of their own stock last quarter — even though Congress has been criticizing the practice

Corporations' practice of buying back their own stock has come under pressure from both Democrats and Republicans — and they keep hitting records.

Bernie Sanders is feuding with former Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein about a new plan to limit companies from buying back their own stock

Former Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein criticized Sens. Bernie Sanders' and Chuck Schumer's op-ed on stock buybacks, prompting a reply from Sanders.
Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Apple lost $9 billion buying back its own stock in 2018

The value of Apple's buybacks is $9 billion less than when Apple purchased the stock, The Wall Street Journal reports.

IT’S OFFICIAL: The bull market in stocks is now the longest ever. Here are the 4 main reasons it broke the record.

The equity bull market is now the longest on record, at 3,453 days. The benchmark S&P 500 has surged a whopping 323% over the period, and it has four main drivers.