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  • Exxon raises its quarterly dividend 6 percent Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 3:05 PM ET

    HOUSTON, April 29- Exxon Mobil Corp on Wednesday raised its quarterly payout 6 percent, a move that underscores the world's largest publicly traded oil company's commitment to raising dividends, although at a slower pace in a time of lower crude oil prices. The Irving, Texas based oil company said its board had approved a second-quarter dividend of 73 cents per...


  • TORONTO/ NEW YORK, April 29- Hedge fund Mangrove Partners is urging Atlantic Power Corp to return cash to shareholders and could push for a possible sale or break-up of the company, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation. One of the sources said the New York- based hedge fund wants Atlantic to pay a special dividend of $300 million, or about $2.50 per...

  • Marathon Petroleum approves dividend, stock split Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 9:50 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Marathon Petroleum's board has approved a dividend and a two-for-one stock split, the oil refiner said Wednesday. Under the stock split, Marathon Petroleum's shareholders as of May 20 will receive one additional share of the company's stock on June 10, for each one they already own. "We believe the stock split will make our shares more affordable for a...

  • Buybacks are surging: Is it a sell signal? Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 12:35 AM ET

    Companies are gearing up for a plethora of share buybacks, but investors may want to look past the short-term boost to a potential sell signal.

  • Apple's massive cash stash

    CNBC's Dominic Chu reports on companies that are the biggest cash hoarders. Apple has more cash than Microsoft and Google combined.

  • NEW YORK, April 27- Investors will rake in more than $1 trillion in 2015 as U.S. companies increase stock buybacks and boost dividends, Goldman Sachs Group Inc said, with benefits coming soon as many S&P 500 companies exit a blackout period for repurchases next week. "Corporate activity in early 2015 supports our view that the S&P 500 will return more than $1...

  • IBM raises quarterly dividend by 18 percent to $1.30 Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 11:18 AM ET

    NEW YORK— IBM said Tuesday it is raising its quarterly dividend to $1.30 from $1.10, an increase of 18 percent. International Business Machines Corp.' s revenue has declined over the last three years as business customers buy fewer big computers and less traditional software. Shares of the Armonk, New York- based company rose $3.40, or, 2 percent, to $174.13 in...

  • TOKYO, April 28- Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Tuesday helped by hopes of better shareholder returns after Fanuc Corp doubled its dividend payout ratio, but gains were limited ahead of a two-day U.S. The Nikkei 225 ended 0.4 percent higher to 20,058.95. The broader Topix gained 0.5 percent to 1,627.43 and the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 advanced 0.6 percent to...

  • Nikkei rises on dividend optimism, Fanuc soars Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 10:24 PM ET

    *Fanuc rises sharply, lends strong support to Nikkei. TOKYO, April 28- Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Tuesday morning on hopes of better shareholder returns after Fanuc Corp doubled its dividend payout ratio at its earnings release. Bucking the strong market, Tokyo Electron Ltd plunged 15 percent to a six-month low and was the most traded stock by turnover...

  • *Offer starts on April 24 and expires on May 22. MOSCOW, April 24- Russia's Uralkali, the world's largest potash producer, will buy back up to $1.5 billion of its shares until May 22, it said on Friday, after its board changed policy and proposed no dividend payment for 2014.. "Taking into account Uralkali's current cash reserves, its expected future cash requirements,...

  • MOSCOW, April 24- Russia's Uralkali, the world's largest potash producer, may announce a buyback of at least $1 billion of its shares from the market, the Vedomosti newspaper reported on Friday, citing two sources close to the company and its shareholders. A third source said Uralkali may announce a share buyback of between $1 billion and $2 billion and that this...

  • Johnson & Johnson hikes quarterly dividend 7 percent Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 11:33 AM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.— Johnson& Johnson on Thursday said it's raising its quarterly dividend by 7 percent, marking its 53rd straight year of dividend increases. The world's biggest maker of health care products announced the increase, from 70 cents per share to 75 cents per share, at its 127th annual shareholders meeting, held in New Brunswick, New Jersey, where J&J is based.

  • April 21- Chinese demand for steel-making coal has weakened with imports for the first two months of 2015 well below last year's levels, the chief executive of Canadian miner Teck Resources Ltd said on Tuesday as the company announced lower earnings and a big dividend cut. Teck shares were down 5 percent at C $16.05 after it slashed its half-yearly dividend to 15...

  • MOSCOW, April 20- Russian services conglomerate Sistema said on Monday it planned total dividend payments of 4.54 billion roubles.

  • US buybacks, dividends on track for $1T in 2015 Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 10:03 AM ET
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    Shareholders in the biggest US companies stand to receive a record $1 trillion from stock buybacks and dividends this year, the FT reports.

  • Watch for FTSE oil and gas dividend payouts   Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 4:50 AM ET
    Watch for FTSE oil and gas dividend payouts

    Despite the falling price of crude, research from Markit suggests that total dividends from FTSE 350 oil and gas companies will rise in 2015. Ryan Bransfield, head of UK dividend research at Markit, discusses the trend.

  • Big dividend money up for grabs—if you hurry Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 4:33 PM ET
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    Some of the titans of big dividends are about to pay out dividends, but only to those who act fast, reports USA Today.

  • Analysts split over how Apple should spend cash Saturday, 4 Apr 2015 | 10:57 AM ET
    Attendees arrive at the Apple Inc. shareholders meeting at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, California.

    Apple may reward shareholders with a fatter dividend and heftier stock buy back. How much is an open question.

  • Apple's next big surprise may not be a product Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 9:37 AM ET
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    Oil companies are cutting dividends. Banks are a mess. Apple's dividend is the best stock income bet going, and it's about to get bigger.