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  1. S&P 500 Index stock buybacks totaled $198.84 billion (preliminary) in Q2'21, up 11.63% from the $178.13 billion spent in Q1'21 and up 124.27% from the $88.66 spent in Q2'20 (onset of COVID-19), according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.
  2. Howard Silverblatt, senior index analyst at S&P Dow Jones Indices, notes that companies are increasing their buybacks but also remain cautious in the current climate. 
  3. For the 12-month period ended June 2021, S&P 500 Index buybacks totaled $609.35 billion, down 5.51% from the $644.85 billion repurchased over the same period through June 2020.
  4. S&P Dow Jones Indices reported that S&P 500 Index companies spent $3.199 trillion on buybacks for the five-year period ended 6/30/21. 
  5. As indicated in the chart, Information Technology was the most active sector with respect to buyback activity over the past five years. Technology companies repurchased stock valued at $997.90 billion, or 31.20% of total buybacks for the S&P 500 Index. Financials and Health Care followed with buybacks totaling $663.04 billion (20.73%) and $391.75 billion (12.25%), respectively. 
  6. The all-time high for S&P 500 Index buybacks was set in Q4'18 at $222.98 billion.
This chart is for illustrative purposes only and not indicative of any actual investment. Investors cannot invest directly in an index. The S&P 500 Index is an unmanaged index of 500 stocks used to measure large-cap U.S. stock market performance. The 11 major S&P 500 Sector Indices are capitalization-weighted and comprised of S&P 500 constituents representing a specific sector. 

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