Stock buybacks lift market

But some see quick boosts costing long-term investors

Posted: March 16, 2014 at 2:59 a.m.

Cesar Ramirez, a subcontractor for DirecTV, gets ready to install a DirecTV satellite dish in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. Contract workers, consultants, freelancers or the self-employed face additional challenges at tax-filing time. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

NEW YORK — For an explanation why the U.S. stock market has risen so fast in a slow-growing economy, consider one of its star performers: DirecTV.

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