Stock Buybacks Rebound Sharply


  • For the fourth quarter of 2021, S&P 500 dividend payments increased 10.1% on a year over year basis (YoY).
  • For all of 2021 Apple was the largest buyback participant at $88.3 billion followed by Meta Platforms at $50.1 billion.
  • As the 2020 pandemic year showed, a company facing financial headwinds can quickly stop buybacks.

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Earlier this past week S&P Dow Jones Indices (.xls) reported dividend and buyback activity for the S&P 500 Index through the end of the 2021 calendar year and what a difference a year makes. For the

S&P 500 Buybacks and dividends fourth quarter 2021

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