Autodesk

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said its board approved a plan to buy back up to 6 million of the company's common shares.

Since November 1999, the design and drafting software developer has repurchased 13.9 million shares. With the buyback plan announced Thursday, Autodesk still has the authorization to repurchase a total of 8 million shares. The company, which is based in San Rafael, Calif., has about 56.4 million shares outstanding.

Autodesk also said shareholders of record April 6 will receive a quarterly cash dividend of 6 cents a share, payable on April 20.

In recent

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trading, Autodesk gained 94 cents, or 3%, to $31.75.