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With S&P 500 companies retiring 8B shares through buybacks in the 18 months to October 2012,...

With S&P 500 companies retiring 8B shares through buybacks in the 18 months to October 2012, EPS figures are likely to get a surprisingly strong boost. It would be surprising because, as Robert Baird's Brian Rauscher says, analysts don't often factor in stock repurchases when making their forecasts.
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  • Tony Petroski
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    "...analysts don't often factor in stock repurchases when making their forecasts."

     

    Huh? Just what are they tracking? Sunspot activity?
    22 Jan 2013, 07:24 AM Reply Like
  • pkvanwinkle@yahoo.com
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    Spoken like a true analyst........not! Tony, while companies announce intentions of buying back stock, it is always after the fact that actual purchases are reported. By that time analysts are busy projecting future earnings..so when the actual s come out, they can be unexpectedly better than expected.
    22 Jan 2013, 09:11 AM Reply Like
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