JPMorgan gets Fed OK to restart start buybacks

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Associated Press

Posted on November 8, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 8 at 12:01 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — JPMorgan Chase says it has won approval from the Federal Reserve to start buying back its own stock. The bank suspended the plan in May, after it revealed a surprise trading loss that grew to more than $6 billion.

The bank says in a regulatory filing that the Fed gave the OK earlier this week. The plan calls for JPMorgan to buy back $3 billion of its stock in the first three months of next year.

Buybacks are popular with stockholders because they increase a company's earnings per share for the stock still held by the public. Companies also use them to compensate for shares of stock that they award to employees.

JPMorgan was among the best-performing bank stocks Thursday, rising 1.6 percent in early trading.

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