How Apple Raising Its Dividend Could Hurt Investors

According to a recent survey of analysts by Bloomberg, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) could potentially give investors a very attractive dividend raise this year, by possibly as much as 56%, to a 3.7% yield. While this sounds fantastic and there is no question that Apple could afford the move, in this video Motley Fool tech and telecom analyst Andrew Tonner raises some concern. In his view, once such a precedent is set, giving anything less the next time there is a dividend increase could cause disappointment -- and a sell-off. Could a dividend increase of this size be a wolf in sheep's clothing?

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, after the company's major backslide recently, 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 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 March 19, 2013, at 7:57 PM, larryw101 wrote:

    Very poor title. Title states dividend will hurt the stock and then the video says dividend needs to meets expectations of investors. Seems to me the title could be worded better and less confusing.

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