Share Buybacks Have Created a Dangerous Bubble in Wall Street Bank Stocks

More space for manipulation

Rigged Game

JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America have both spent tens of billions of dollars buying back their own stock over the past five years.

By Pam Martens of Wall Street on Parade

JPMorgan Chase is a Wall Street bank that has pleaded guilty to three felony counts in the past five years and lost at least $6.2 billion of its depositors’ money trading high-risk derivatives in London. And yet, somehow, the bank has a market capitalization (the value of all of its shares outstanding) that makes it among the most valuable companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500.

The serially fined and investigated bank, as of yesterday’s close, has a market value of $342.817 billion which is $110.8 billion more than Boeing – one of the most sophisticated engineering companies in the world, producing commercial jet airplanes, military aircraft, rockets and satellites for customers around the globe.

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