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Microsoft (MSFT) declares $0.23/share quarterly dividend, 15% increase from prior dividend of...

Microsoft (MSFT) declares $0.23/share quarterly dividend, 15% increase from prior dividend of $0.20. Forward yield 2.94%. For shareholders of record Nov 15. Payable Dec 13. Ex-div date Nov 13. (PR)
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  • Just keep on growing!.
    18 Sep 2012, 04:12 PM Reply Like
  • Here Here! What do you think Wigit-add some now or wait?
    18 Sep 2012, 04:21 PM Reply Like
  • I'm not adding currently, the Windows 8 release is suspect at best... but they have a lot in the works.


    Personally waiting for WP 8, and the surface tablets. We need to see how they are received.


    Until then I think range bound, I'd buy if it dips below 28$
    18 Sep 2012, 04:24 PM Reply Like
  • $28 is impossible, even $29.5 will be hard to see these days
    18 Sep 2012, 07:23 PM Reply Like
  • Maybe Maverick,
    But if W8 and WP8 fail hardcore we could def see 25$, just in panic which would be an awesome time to buy.
    18 Sep 2012, 07:31 PM Reply Like
  • U r talking about over 6 months long, first quarter of w8 will be good, and better than last one of w7. Even with w8 not being a hit, surface and phones, office, cloud, and xbox guarantee a $28.5 bottom, not less.
    18 Sep 2012, 11:05 PM Reply Like
  • We'll have to wait and see, I'm hoping for smashing success regardless.
    19 Sep 2012, 08:47 AM Reply Like
  • Man! i just remembered about u...u got your 28.50 today! congrats. Still think MSFT deserbes 33 at least.
    19 Oct 2012, 05:34 PM Reply Like
  • I am disappointed with the dividend increase. After 10 years of slow growth, you would have thought they would understand the impact of a higher yield on their share price. Cisco seemed to understand that with a recent 75% increase in its dividend. Microsoft has $60 billion in cash and growing! In my opinion they are missing the point of shareholder value.
    18 Sep 2012, 08:03 PM Reply Like
  • While I somewhat agree, they need to be careful with their cash. They just sunk a ton into that advertisement company that they had to write off, and now W8 WP8 and the Surface tablets which potentially won't see overall cash positive for a few quarters.


    Raising a dividend a large % then having to cut it; is much worse then small incremental raises they know regardless of market outcomes they can support.
    18 Sep 2012, 09:16 PM Reply Like
  • What was CSCO's payout ratio and return prior to raising it? Very low. Raising virtually nothing by 133% is pretty easy to do...


    And as of today's prices, MSFT is returning 2.95% ... CSCO returning 2.87%.
    19 Sep 2012, 10:48 AM Reply Like
  • Thanks Wigit,I agree.Between the nay sayers and better (perceived) returns elsewhere,I welcome the opportunity to lower my cps average. 27 and middle change sounds sweet.
    18 Sep 2012, 08:28 PM Reply Like
  • A Company like, INTC......dumped by Mr Buffett, a few weeks ago has lost over 10% in price. The Co. has a dividend yield of 3.86%, like a Utility Stock. Strange phenomenon; and its long term debt , is 6 times that of its dividend. With chip orders coming in weak, The Co. should cut dividend and pay-off some debt. I think, it is one reason Mr Buffett sold .
    18 Sep 2012, 10:45 PM Reply Like
  • You should revisit INTC in a few more quarters.
    18 Sep 2012, 11:49 PM Reply Like
  • your way off base. the new debt is to finance two new production facilities. further, the company has double the cash to pay off its debt right now. i have no idea why buffet sold, but what I do know is intc is taking advantage of cheap credit to build infrastructure that will pay off huge in the future.


    and this is a MS market current anyways....


    I am glad to get the increase to the dividend, but am also glad that MS is keeping their cash at hand to use in the tech war they are about to declare.
    19 Sep 2012, 01:59 AM Reply Like
  • I plan to revisit INTC when the market wakes up hungover from qe3....$20 anyone?
    20 Sep 2012, 03:22 AM Reply Like
  • Msft did right in not increasing the divi by too much. Much of its cash is overseas. They are playing it safe as they need to be. Its free cash is for acquisitions and buybacks. They have done poorly in the acquisitions dept...but fortunately, doing great with buybacks. The share vol has come down alot. Msft might very well be a dying star if w8 fails. But overall, they will continue to make money and its risk to investors is small..given they are still bankrolling.


    As for intc, berkshire dumped it because intc became overvalued. At $25+, intc was not a good deal. The p/e of all these mature companies that pay dividends hover around 9-10. To suddenly jump up to 13 based on analyst upgrades and future quarter guidance was a trap. How quickly the market forgets how poorly intc is at predicting future earnings. Thats why some companies have chosen to not give numbers at all.


    You should have smelled the bs when intc was talking up itself when they gave estimates that were 2.50+ for have to wonder how they can pull that just didnt make sense given the global economic problems and dell and hp telling us that they are hurting. The signs were there, but the market got euphoric (what else is new?) suddenly the company that was left for dead, its stock jumped almost 40% in 3 months.


    (Off topic, take a look at BAC, which has also jumped 40% in 3 months....gotta watch out for these stocks....they can kill ya)


    As for msft, I dont know if I should cash out of my $7 profit (which took 3 yrs) or sell 2014 covered calls.
    19 Sep 2012, 03:11 AM Reply Like
  • Microsoft $45.00 by this year and Intel is a bargain.
    19 Sep 2012, 08:55 AM Reply Like
  • MSFT share price has increased nicely over the last18 months but a large part of that increase is a result of dividend growth. I would have liked to see a little more to add more upward pressure on the share price. Believe me, the cash levels would have easily supported the 25% increase in the dividend price and would have shown the investor community that they are confident in their growth strategy.


    oh well, 15% will have to do.
    19 Sep 2012, 12:17 PM Reply Like
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