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S&P 500 Index Companies Continue To Reward Shareholders

Jul 22, 2017
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View from the Observation Deck

1. Today's blog post shows the surge in the amount of capital that S&P 500 Index companies have committed to stock dividends and stock buybacks since the quarter (Q1'09) in which the index bottomed in the last bear market.
2. As indicated in the chart, using first quarter data points,the S&P 500 Index increased its combined outlays (dividends + buybacks) from $83 billion in Q1'09 to $234 billion in Q1'17 (preliminary), or an increase of 181.93%.




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