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U.S. companies repurchased $397B of stock last year and issued $169B of new equity, marking the...

U.S. companies repurchased $397B of stock last year and issued $169B of new equity, marking the first market shrinkage since 2009. "Having that equity base shrink and starting from a relatively pessimistic point usually sets up pretty well in the long term," says money manager Laton Spahr. "It gives you some hope that valuations have perhaps bottomed.”
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