Is an Apple, Inc. Dividend Hike Around the Corner?

Breaking down the logic behind a possible Apple, Inc. dividend increase when Apple reports earnings later this month.

Apr 15, 2014 at 11:15AM

As the largest publicly traded company in the world, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) attracts its fair share of attention from the investment community.

And as such, divining what Apple may or may not do in any given quarter can take on an almost sporting-like quality in the run-up to its earnings report on April 23. Expect plenty of chatter about what it has in store for its investors to only increase in the weeks ahead.

However, in my mind, there's one aspect of Apple's coming earnings report that seems highly likely, and that's the fact that Apple's due for a dividend hike when it reports.

The case for an Apple dividend increase
The base case for exactly why Apple will likely raise its dividend starts with the fact that it will have maintained the same $3.05 payout for three consecutive quarters, which is the number of quarters that passed before Apple raised its payout last year. As we all know, Apple's not exactly short for cash, either. 

However, just how much Apple will raise its dividend is another matter of grand uncertainty. However, in the video below, tech and telecom analyst Andrew Tonner breaks down this storyline and suggests a few different routes Apple could choose if, or when, it increases its dividend later this month.

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4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

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Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

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David Hanson owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway and American Express. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Google, and Coca-Cola.We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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