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|Monday, March 19, 2012|
Apple has decided to begin paying a $2.65 quarterly dividend per share.
The dividend works out to $10.60 annually, or a 1.8 percent yield at the current stock price. That's below the yield of other big technology companies like Microsoft Corp., currently at 2.5 percent, and Hewlett-Packard Co., at 2 percent.
A $10 billion share buyback program will begin next fiscal year, which starts Sept. 30, and run for three years.
Apple is sitting on $97.6 billion in cash and securities. For years, it has resisted calls to reward shareholders with some of that money. Since the death of CEO Steve Jobs, management has signaled that it's been considering options for the money.
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