Common Stock Repurchases
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Note 15: Common Stock Repurchases
Common Stock Repurchase Program
We have an ongoing authorization, originally approved by our Board of Directors in 2005, and subsequently amended, to repurchase up to $65 billion in shares of our common stock in open market or negotiated transactions. As of September 26, 2015, $9.9 billion remained available for repurchase under the existing repurchase authorization limit.
During the third quarter of 2015, we repurchased 34.8 million shares of common stock at a cost of $1.0 billion (119.5 million shares of common stock at a cost of $4.1 billion during the third quarter of 2014). During the first nine months of 2015, we repurchased 79.7 million shares of common stock at a cost of $2.5 billion (217.4 million shares of common stock at a cost of $6.8 billion in the first nine months of 2014). We have repurchased 4.8 billion shares of common stock at a cost of $104 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 of common stock 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. In our consolidated condensed financial statements, we also treat shares of common stock withheld for tax purposes on behalf of our employees in connection with the vesting of restricted stock units as common stock repurchases because they reduce the number of shares that would have been issued upon vesting. These withheld shares of common stock are not considered common stock repurchases under our authorized common stock repurchase plan. During the first nine months of 2015, we withheld 12.8 million shares of common stock to satisfy $416 million (11.7 million shares of common stock to satisfy $314 million during the first nine months of 2014) of employees’ tax obligations.