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Asia markets tentative ahead of Opec meeting

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Banks, Financial

RBS emerges as biggest failure in tough UK bank stress tests

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Barclays: life in the old dog yet

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Citi boosts share buybacks by $1.75bn

Posted on November 21, 2016

Citigroup on Monday announced plans to add to its existing shares buyback programme, the latest in a series of moves by the US bank to return cash to its shareholders.

The bank said it would increase its common stock repurchase programme by up to $1.75bn. This would be in addition to the $10.4bn in dividends and buybacks announced earlier in June.

Michael Corbat, Citi’s chief executive said:

We continue to make strong progress on the factors that will allow us to deliver the returns our shareholders expect and deserve – generating consistent earnings, investing in businesses well positioned to drive growth and continuing to strengthen our capital planning process. We believe this solid foundation will enable us to deliver more of the capital we generate… back to our shareholders, while also positioning our firm for long-term success.

Share buybacks have proved an essential source of support for the S&P 500 since 2013, particularly earlier this year as investors shunned equities — more than $120bn has been drained from mutual funds and ETFs invested in US stocks for the year to end of September, according to EPFR.