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Companies announced $173 billion in stock buybacks so far this year

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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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Students mark Columbine’s 19th anniversary with nationwide walkouts

Students walk towards the Capitol in D.C. holding signs reading "Enough is enough" with drawings of a gun.
Students walk towards the Capitol April 20, 2018. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

19 years ago today at 11:19am, high school students Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris walked into Columbine High School in Colorado and opened fire. They killed 12 students and a teacher, injured 23 others, and killed themselves in the library just after noon. Five hours passed before the situation was under control.

Fast forward: Starting at 10am today, students across the nation, including those from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, have been staging more than 2,600 walkouts to honor the 19th anniversary of the massacre and demand action from lawmakers on gun legislation, according to the National School Walkout organizer’s web site.