NU Online News Service, Aug. 29, 12:15 p.m. – The Principal Financial Group Inc., Des Moines, Iowa, says its board has authorized the repurchase of up to $300 million of the company’s common stock.

Principal has “substantially completed” a $450 million share repurchase authorized in February, the company says.

The company has 347 million shares of common stock outstanding, and the shares are selling for about $29 apiece.