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T: AT&T Approves 300M Share Buyback

It has bought back 775 million shares since 2012


AT&TOn Monday, AT&T (T) said that it plans to repurchase a significant amount of its outstanding stock.

The nation’s second largest wireless carrier — and largest provider of landline telephone service in the U.S. — announced that its board has authorized a plan to buy back 300 million T shares. That represents about 6% of outstanding T stock, Bloomberg notes.

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AT&T has repurchased about 775 million shares of T stock since 2012. Combining the new buybacks with existing T stock repurchase authorizations, AT&T is currently authorized to buy back 425 million shares. The new authorization has now expiration date.

Investors appeared unimpressed with the new planned T stock buybacks. T shares edged up fractionally in Monday morning trading. Over the past 12 months, T stock has fallen more than 5%.

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