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Bloomberg (February 7)

2019/ 02/ 09 by jd in Global News

Stock buybacks are under attack in Congress, but the market has already “soured on the strategy. Last year’s trillion-dollar splurge didn’t stop the stock market from falling for the year.” Furthermore, the S&P 500 Buyback Index shows that firms conducting buybacks have been outpaced by the market two years in a row. “With stocks expensive, using shareholders’ money to buy at inflated prices is a bad deal. The buyback phenomenon could die a natural death.”


IPE Real Assets (October Issue)

2017/ 10/ 23 by jd in Global News

With the uncertainty of Brexit, “REITs have been trading at discounts to net asset value (NAV) of around 15% to 25%.” Faced with scant opportunities, some are electing to return money to unitholders through buybacks or special dividends. But there is clearly a “disconnect between sentiment in the public markets and private markets.” As REITs encounter “limited opportunities in the office space, institutional investors, particularly global investors, have made many high-profile acquisitions.” This includes “the UK’s largest-ever office deal…in July when Hong Kong’s Infinitus Property Investment bought the iconic ‘Walkie Talkie’ building at 20 Fenchurch Street for £1.28bn.”


Financial Times (March 14)

2017/ 03/ 15 by jd in Global News

The Japanese stock market resembles “the ghost ship Mary Celeste.” Strewn around the decks are signs that the ship should be hopping with activity: the Topix index at a 14-month high, identifiable value stocks in abundance, a comfortably-positioned yen, fresh legalisation of casinos in the bag and a run of record share buybacks…. And yet there is silence.” Volumes have been low during the last three weeks and “overseas investors have been net sellers…with up to Y78bn leaving the index.” This suggests little wind remains in the Abenomics sails and, quite possibly, that traders are cautious ahead of developments from the Federal Reserve and Donald Trump. But it could also mean that overseas investors have written “Japan off as a credible, reform-minded play on global growth and domestic reflation.”


Institutional Investor (September 17)

2013/ 09/ 18 by jd in Global News

“As the global recession and financial crisis recede in the rearview mirror, companies have been acting more proactively in using their balance sheets in ways that enhance shareholder value. But we think they can do more…. By mid-2013, U.S. companies were sitting on cash that was equivalent to about 11 percent of their total assets, a three-decade high and earning almost nothing.” Fortunately, there are signs of change. Companies “have become more receptive to using debt to buy back shares, increase dividends and make acquisitions.”


Barron’s (June 11)

2012/ 06/ 16 by jd in Global News

“The second half of the year promises to be an adventure.” The 10 financial wizards of Barron’s Roundtable “expect the Federal Reserve to launch a third round of quantitative easing, or Treasury-bond purchases, in an effort to juice the economy and rouse the somnolent job market. But they don’t expect that to do the trick.” Moreover, they harbor concerns over the world financial system, given the massive debt held by industrialized nations. To weather the storm, “the consensus among our experts is to stick with companies that have good businesses, savvy managers, healthy balance sheets, and low valuations. Preferably, they also pay dividends and buy back shares.”