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Apple's Dividend Will Hit $20 Within 5 Years
- Apple is buying back a little over 4% of its common stock per year, which could reduce the shares outstanding to 775 million within five years.
- Dividend investors ought to benefit handsomely as Apple's payout ratio approaches 40% of profits, which still allows Apple to retain more profits than necessary to fund future growth.
- The buyback program plus a ten percentage increase in the payout ratio would alone take Apple's dividend to $20 per share within five years.
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