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Is a Dividend Boost Around the Corner for Apple?

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) is rumored to be increasing its quarterly dividend to $4.14, for a yield of 3.7%. That's given the stock a boost, but the focus for investors should still be the long-term fundamentals of the company. With investors getting a value similar to that of PC-dependent Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) , all Apple has to do is wow us with another product launch, which may be easier said than done. 

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 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 21, 2013, at 12:37 AM, Seabiscuit5 wrote:

    I think Apple should double the dividend. It can easily do this and still grow cash.

  • Report this Comment On March 21, 2013, at 2:15 AM, 2peso wrote:

    Buy Disney, they would be the perfect match for apple with espn and all the movies. Great for ipad and iphone content. This is where Jobs made his money (Pixar) and his family is the largest share holder. This is what Steve would do. Steve and Walt were both men of vision. I don't care about a dividend if they buy Disney.

  • Report this Comment On March 21, 2013, at 4:22 AM, HawaiiHaze wrote:

    2/3rd of Apple's cash is stuck overseas and thus not accessible for major acquisitions. Additionally, Disney's market cap is over $100B. With the required premium, it is neither a feasible nor logical acquisition target.

    However, acquiring Netflix ($10B market cap) would be perfect. They already have an exclusivity arrangement for Disney movies in the future and they would be a great content source for any new "iTV" that Apple will allegedly produce someday.

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