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Stock Repurchases And EPS; Latest From FASB, PCAOB

Tammy Whitehouse | November 9, 2004

In recent weeks, several prominent companies have announced or engaged in stock repurchase plans, including PG&E, Gap, Comcast, IAC/InterActiveCorp, and others. Stock repurchases can raise "earnings per share" by reducing the number of shares outstanding.

But experts note that the move can also produce more stable EPS figures for companies that are facing significant hits to earnings when stock options expensing becomes mandatory in 2005.


Companies repurchase stock for a number of reasons.

It’s become increasingly common in recent years as...

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