Axis Capital Holdings Ltd. said Friday it's board has approved a share buyback program of up to $1 billion. The new authorization will replace the existing one, which has $264.9 million available. The company is also raising its quarterly dividend by 8% to 38 cents a share. The new dividend will be payable Jan. 17 to shareholders of record as of Dec. 30. Shares were not yet active in premarket trade, but are up 12% in the year to date, while the S&P 500 has gained 10%.
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