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Between Jan. 1 and Feb. 20, 113 companies announced stock buybacks totaling $173 billion, the highest level ever at this point in the year, according to Birinyi Associates' Jeffrey Rubin.

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43 companies announced buybacks of more than $500 million:

  • Cisco, Feb. 14 — $25 billion
  • Wells Fargo, Jan. 23 — $22.6 billion
  • PepsiCo, Feb. 13 — $15 billion
  • Amgen, Feb. 1 — $10 billion
  • Abbvie, Feb. 15 — $10 billion
  • Alphabet, Feb. 1 — $8.6 billion
  • Visa, Feb. 1 — $7.5 billion
  • eBay, Jan. 31 — $6 billion
  • Mondelez International, Jan. 31 — $6 billion
  • Applied Materials, Feb. 14 — $6 billion
  • Lowe's, Jan. 26 — $5 billion
  • Celgene, Feb. 14 — $5 billion
  • CSX, Feb. 12 — $3.5 billion
  • Phillips 66, Feb. 13 — $3.28 billion
  • Constellation Brands, Jan. 5 — $3 billion
  • Valero Energy, Jan. 24 — $2.5 billion
  • Sirius XM, Jan. 23 — $2 billion
  • Juniper Networks, Jan. 30 — $2 billion
  • Eastman Chemical, Feb. 6 — $2 billion
  • Liberty Global, Feb. 14 — $2 billion
  • IQVIA, Feb. 14 — $2 billion
  • Baxter International, Feb. 20 — $1.5 billion
  • Altria, Feb. 1 — $1 billion
  • Skyworks, Feb. 5 — $1 billion
  • O'Reilly Automotive, Feb. 7 — $1 billion
  • Cardinal Health, Feb. 8 — $1 billion
  • Lear Corp., Feb. 14 — $953.4 million
  • Noble Energy, Feb. 15 — $750 million
  • M&T Bank, Feb. 5 — $745 million
  • Harley-Davidson, Feb. 5 — $696 million
  • VeriSign, Feb. 8 — $586 million
  • Robert Half International, Feb. 13 — $546 million
  • Carlisle Companies, Feb. 6 — $543 million
  • Churchill Downs, Jan. 10 — $500 million
  • Visteon, Jan. 16 — $500 million
  • Western Digital, Jan. 29 — $500 million
  • PulteGroup, Jan. 30 — $500 million
  • Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Jan. 31 — $500 million
  • ConocoPhillips, Feb. 1 — $500 million
  • Arconic, Feb. 5 — $500 million
  • Anadarko Petroleum, Feb. 7 — $500 million
  • Voya Financial, Feb. 13 — $500 million
  • Aaron's, Feb. 15 — $500 million

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