S&P 500 Companies Pile On Debt Amid Low Rates

There is currently $1.7 trillion of cash on S&P 500 non-financial balance sheets and, according to a new research note from Bank of America, how corporate’s plan to spend this cash should feature heavily in investors’ minds going forward. In Bank of America’s third annual S&P 500 Corporate Cash Primer, which was published on May 19 the bank’s analysts conclude that managements' preference for stock buybacks is now declining and has been replaced by a growing love of dividends.


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