Monday, September 22, 2008

The Street Suffers But Microsoft Increases Dividend And Announces Share Repurchase Program

$40 billion authorized for share repurchase; Dividend increased 18 percent

Microsoft Corp. today announced that its board of directors approved a new share repurchase program authorizing up to an additional $40 billion in share repurchases with an expiration of September 30, 2013.
The board of directors also declared a quarterly dividend of $0.13 per share, reflecting a two cent or 18 percent increase over the previous quarter’s dividend. The dividend is payable December 11, 2008 to shareholders of record on November 20, 2008. The ex-dividend date will be November 18, 2008.
In addition, the company stated that it has completed its previous $40 billion stock repurchase program. Microsoft has returned over $115 billion to shareholders through a combination of share repurchases and dividends over the last five years.

At least one company doesn't seem to suffering like AIG, Merryl Lynch, Lehman Brothers and others.

Got to go, have to buy some gold and platinum bars :-)

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