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Applied Materials stock surges after setting new $6 billion repurchase program, increasing dividend

Shares of Applied Materials Inc. AMAT, -1.06% surged 3.6% in premarket trading Friday, after the semiconductor-equipment maker nearly doubled its repurchase authorization and boosted its dividend by 8.3%. The company said it set a new stock buyback program of $6 billion, which supplements the previous program that had $3.2 billion remaining. The new program represents …