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  • UPDATE 1-Viacom raises dividend by 7 cents to 40 cents Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 3:15 PM ET

    May 20- U.S. media company Viacom Inc raised its quarterly cash dividend by 7 cents to 40 cents per share amid investor criticism over high executive pay. Viacom, which owns MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon, has been struggling for the past few quarters because of declining ratings and changing TV viewing habits, including the dumping of pricey cable...

  • Viacom lifts quarterly dividend to 40 cents from 33 cents Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 3:14 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Media company Viacom said Wednesday it is increasing its quarterly dividend to 40 cents from 33 cents. The owner of Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and Paramount Pictures said last month that it lost $53 million in the first quarter after taking a hefty restructuring charge. Shares of Viacom Inc. rose 57 cents to $66.15 in afternoon trading Wednesday.

  • Viacom raises dividend by 21 pct to 40 cents/shr Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 2:25 PM ET

    May 20- Viacom Inc said it raised its quarterly cash dividend by 21 percent to 40 cents per share from 33 cents. Viacom said the increase will take effect beginning with the company's next quarterly dividend, payable on July 1. The company, which owns MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon, has been struggling over the past several quarters because of declining...

  • *Dividend raised by 5.9 pct to 18 pence. LONDON, May 20- British retailer Marks& Spencer raised hopes that it has finally rediscovered a winning formula as it reported a rise in annual profit for the first time in four years and its intention to return excess cash to shareholders. Britain's biggest clothing retailer, which also sells homeware and upmarket food,...

  • Going to cash has never looked so good Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 8:00 AM ET

    The last strategy a financial advisor wants to push is a move to cash, but one advisor says right now it's the best move.

  • Opportunities in these high-dividend stocks   Monday, 18 May 2015 | 2:35 PM ET
    Trading Nation: High-dividend stocks

    David Seaburg, Cowen & Co., and Todd Gordon, tradinganalysis.com, discuss whether they would lean on high-dividend names and where to find opportunity.

  • This is what may knock $40B off dividends Monday, 18 May 2015 | 3:11 AM ET

    The recently interrupted bull-run in the dollar has weighed heavily on company dividends, with global pay-outs slumping.

  • Dividends to grow in Japan, Korea: Pro   Monday, 18 May 2015 | 2:30 AM ET
    Dividends to grow in Japan, Korea: Pro

    Ben Lofthouse, fund manager at Henderson Global Investors, says Japanese and Korean dividends should exhibit significant growth going forward.

  • May 13- Southwest Airlines Co's board of directors on Wednesday raised the company's quarterly dividend and authorized a new $1.5 billion share buyback program, according to a news release. Southwest estimated the new dividend payments will amount to $200 million annually, based on shares outstanding on May 11. Southwest returned almost $1.1 billion to...

  • *To raise dividend to 13.5 cents/ shr from 9 cents from 3rd qtr. May 13- Delta Air Lines Inc announced a $5 billion share buyback and said it would raise its quarterly dividend as part of a plan to return more than $6 billion to shareholders through 2017.. Delta, whose shares were up 2.6 percent before the bell on Wednesday, said it would raise its quarterly dividend to...

  • Delta's $5 billion share buyback plan   Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 9:00 AM ET
    Delta's $5 billion share buyback plan

    Delta announced a new share buyback program and a dividend hike. CNBC's Kate Rogers explains.

  • Delta CEO: See more unbundling ahead   Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 7:39 AM ET
    Delta CEO: See more unbundling ahead

    Richard Anderson, Delta Air Lines CEO, discusses the cost of air travel amid lower oil prices.

  • May 13- Delta Air Lines Inc announced a new $5 billion share buyback program and raised its quarterly dividend, aimed at returning more than $6 billion to shareholders through 2017.. Delta said it was on-track to complete the remaining $725 million from its previous $2 billion buyback program by June 30, one and a half years ahead of schedule.

  • Delta CEO: We are a high-quality industrial   Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 7:36 AM ET
    Delta CEO: We are a high-quality industrial

    Richard Anderson, Delta Air Lines CEO, discusses the company's plans to buyback stock and issue a big dividend hike. And Ken Langone, Invemed Associates.

  • FRANKFURT/ LONDON, May 11- Expectations of rising dividends and share buybacks from Europe's insurance companies are fading as ultra low interest rates make it harder for them to meet new capital regulations. With yields on some government bonds-- staple investments for insurers-- turning negative recently, the International Monetary Fund warned last month of...

  • TOKYO, May 11- Japan's Sharp Corp said it may reduce its capital and issue preferred shares as part of a planned restructuring, but worries about potential dilution from the new issuance and other possible fund raising sent its shares plunging 26 percent. The prospect of dividends in the not-too-distant future is seen as key to getting its banks and other...

  • TOKYO, May 11- Japanese stocks jumped on Monday to a near two-week high in heavy trade after China cut interest rates over the weekend while Wall Street gained on strong U.S. jobs data, helping offset a plunge in shares of Sharp Corp and Toshiba Corp. The Nikkei 225 ended 1.3 percent higher to 19,620.91, the highest closing price since April 28.

  • *Toshiba tumbles after canceling dividend, withdrawing outlook. TOKYO, May 11- Japanese stocks jumped on Monday morning after China cut interest rates over the weekend while Wall Street gained on strong U.S. jobs data, helping offset a plunge in shares of Sharp Corp and Toshiba Corp. Sharp tumbled 31 percent to 178 yen, the lowest since December 2012 after the...

  • SAO PAULO, May 7- Itaú Unibanco Holding SA sweetened a dividend payout proposal for minority shareholders of Chile's CorpBanca SA in a bid to speed up completion of a tie-up between both lenders before the end of June. Under terms of the proposal, which was unveiled late on Thursday, Itaú proposed that CorpBanca pay an additional $300 million dividend on top of...

  • May 7- Government-controlled mortgage financier Fannie Mae said on Thursday it will pay a dividend of $1.8 billion to the U.S. While the payment will push taxpayers further into the black on their bailout of the firm, it will be Fannie Mae's smallest dividend payment since the first quarter of 2010, when it was required to cut a check even as it was drawing bailout...