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Capitol Report: Critics are wrong: Stock-buyback kingpins like Apple, Walmart invest more, not less

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Apple has bought back tens of billions of dollars in stock, but it’s also invested billions of dollars trying to secure its future.

Corporate titans such as Apple and Walmart are under attack for buying back billions of dollars in stock while supposedly skimping on investment, but evidently the critics have it all wrong: The companies that buy back the most stock also invest the most in the future.

The 100 companies in the MSCI USA index that have bought back the most stock have also boosted capital investment by 45% in the past year, said Andrea Cicione, head of strategy at the global investment advisory firm TS Lombard.

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