While the too-big-to-fails unleashed a flood of stock buyback announcements after the Federal Reserve’s latest “stress test,” announcements by other U.S. companies have been light.
Financial companies rolled out $92.8 billion in buybacks on June 28, accounting for 86% of the $107.3 billion in buybacks in all of June. In July, buybacks for all companies fell to just $17.3 billion, the lowest level since May 2012.
Daily, there have been an average of just 1.7 buybacks, for $950 million, since the start of earnings season, reaching levels not seen since 2009. Some companies have yet to report earnings, however, so these averages could still rise in the next few weeks.