Common Stock Repurchases
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Note 23: Common Stock Repurchases
Common Stock Repurchase Program
We have an ongoing authorization, since October 2005, as amended, from our Board of Directors to repurchase up to $45 billion in shares of our common stock in open market or negotiated transactions. This amount includes the $10 billion increase in the authorization limit approved by our Board of Directors in September 2011. As of October 1, 2011, $14.2 billion remained available for repurchase under the existing repurchase authorization limit. During the third quarter of 2011, we repurchased 186.2 million shares of common stock at a cost of $4.0 billion. During the first nine months of 2011, we repurchased 468.6 million shares of common stock at a cost of $10.0 billion. We did not make any common stock repurchases under our authorized plan during the first nine months of 2010. We have repurchased 3.9 billion shares at a cost of $80 billion since the program began in 1990.
Restricted Stock Unit Withholdings
We issue restricted stock units as part of our equity incentive plans. For the majority of restricted stock units granted, the number of shares issued on the date the restricted stock units vest is net of the minimum statutory withholding requirements that we pay in cash to the appropriate taxing authorities on behalf of our employees. During the first nine months of 2011, we withheld 9.5 million shares (9.3 million shares during the first nine months of 2010) to satisfy $187 million ($222 million during the first nine months of 2010) of employees' tax obligations. Although shares withheld are not issued, they are treated as common stock repurchases in our financial statements, as they reduce the number of shares that would have been issued upon vesting.