Over the past few years, I've been conducting quarterly reviews of companies that are aggressive repurchasers of their own stock.
I've tended to focus on companies that announced a share repurchase plan that represents at least 5% of shares outstanding. Anything smaller may not have much of an impact on earnings per share ( EPS ).
Yet in recent months, we have broadened our measure of corporate generosity to focus not just on buybacks but also dividends and debt reductions.
Below you'll find a group of companies that meet the criteria, based on share buyback announcements during the current earnings season.