General Electric (NYSE:GE) shareholders have to be happy about their 2013 results. Not only did their stock outperform the broader market, but GE also returned $18.2 billion to them through dividends and share repurchases over the year.

In the video below, Fool contributor Demitrios Kalogeropoulos breaks down that massive capital-return program, noting that it was focused mostly on share buybacks. Still, GE's dividend was enough to make it the third-biggest dividend-payer out of the 30 components of the Dow Jones Industrial Average in 2013. As for 2014 and beyond, Demitrios argues that GE has plenty of ammunition to continue boosting its cash returns for the foreseeable future.

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