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Is Apple Becoming a Dividend Play?

Shares of Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) took a huge hit today, which has many investors wondering about the company's future growth. But the company maintains an unheard-of amount of cash on its balance sheets, and with no real probability of major acquisitions coming up in the near future, many analysts are looking to the company to increase its dividend. In this video, Motley Fool tech and telecom analyst Eric Bleeker tells us what the current story is with Apple's dividend, and what it could look like if the company bumps it up.

There's no doubt that Apple is at the center of technology's largest revolution ever, and that longtime shareholders have been handsomely rewarded with over 1,000% gains. However, there is a debate raging as to whether Apple remains a buy. The Motley Fool's senior technology analyst and managing bureau chief, Eric Bleeker, is prepared to fill you in on both reasons to buy and reasons to sell Apple, and what opportunities are left for the company (and more importantly, your portfolio) going forward. To get instant access to his latest thinking on Apple, simply click here now.

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  • Report this Comment On January 24, 2013, at 3:20 PM, PinkFloydRoadie wrote:

    Hmmm, a dividend with Apple is just money that is lost in the noise. In fact, I didn't even know I was getting a dividend last year until I looked in my account.

    I don't think you buy a volatile stock like AAPL for the dividend. To me it is like throwing rice at a wedding. It has a nice effect and lightens the spirit, but it is not the reason you get married!

  • Report this Comment On January 24, 2013, at 4:11 PM, DrGoldin wrote:

    Sooner or later all that cash is going to have to be spent ... somehow.

  • Report this Comment On January 24, 2013, at 4:31 PM, mxkieran wrote:

    They've got a ton of cash. They can afford to do multiple things to raise share value, like big stock buybacks, bigger dividends, buying a company like Micron (MU) and still have plenty of cash to spare. I think they should also do a 10 to 1 stock split to get the stock price more mainstream.

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