January 2019 Data Update 8: Dividends and Buybacks - Fact and Fiction | Value Investing News

January 2019 Data Update 8: Dividends and Buybacks - Fact and Fiction

  • More companies are buying back stock, and more cash is being returned in buybacks
  • Cash Returns are rising as a percent of earnings, and it looks like companies are reinvesting less back into their own businesses
  • This shift has had consequences for two widely used measures of cash return, dividend yield, which looks at dividends as a percent of market capitalization or stock prices and the dividend payout ratio, a measure of the proportion of earnings as dividends.
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