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  • 3M gives 2015 earnings outlook; boosts dividend Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 7:06 AM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— 3 M anticipates its 2015 earnings will be in range of analysts' estimates. 3 M, which makes Post-it notes, industrial coatings and ceramics, said Tuesday that it expects 2015 earnings between $8 and $8.30 per share. 3 M, which is based in St. Paul, Minnesota, declared a dividend of $1.025 per share for 2015' s first quarter.

  • 3M expects 2015 sales to grow 3-6 pct; raises dividend Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 6:19 AM ET

    Dec 16- 3 M Co, a maker of adhesives, abrasives and other products for a variety of industries, said it expected organic sales to rise 3-6 percent in 2015, excluding the effect of foreign exchange rates. 3 M, whose products include Post-it notes and film for flat-panel televisions, forecast 2015 earnings of $8.00- $8.30 per share. Analysts on an average were expecting...

  • Boeing ups buyback plan to $12B; raises dividend Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 5:34 PM ET

    CHICAGO— Boeing said Monday that it is increasing its quarterly dividend and increasing its stock buyback plan to $12 billion. It bought $6 billion worth of shares in 2014. Boeing expects to buy back the stock under the new program over the next two to three years. Shares of The Boeing Co. increased $1.31 to close at $122.08 Monday, but have dropped 11 percent this...

  • Dec 15- Boeing Co raised its share repurchase authorization to $12 billion from $10 billion and said it would increase its quarterly dividend by 25 percent, a sign of confidence in its cash outlook for the year. Investors sent Boeing stock up 2.3 percent to $124.90 in after-hours trading. Boeing shareholders have been looking for the company to deliver cash as it...

  • Abbott Labs raises dividend to 24 cents Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 12:59 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Abbott Laboratories on Friday raised its quarterly dividend 9 percent to 24 cents from 22 cents. Its next dividend is payable Feb. 13 to shareholders of record on Jan. 15. Shares of the North Chicago, Illinois, company fell 22 cents to $44.24 in afternoon trading.

  • GE boosts dividend by 4.5 percent Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 12:27 PM ET

    FAIRFIELD, Conn.— General Electric Co. said Friday that it is increasing its quarterly dividend by 4.5 percent. The Fairfield, Connecticut- based conglomerate's new dividend will be 23 cents, up from 22 cents. GE shares fell 25 cents, or 1.2 percent, to $25.16 in afternoon trading.

  • *Oil price slump could herald return of mega-mergers. LONDON, Dec 10- Plunging oil prices look set to trigger another wave of industry consolidation after a decade when mega-deals were scarce, but investors want to see mergers that can squeeze out cost savings and only after a lavish dividend is paid. "Anyone who doesn't think consolidation is going to happen must...

  • Dec 9- Canadian fund manager AGF Management Ltd said it would slash its quarterly dividend by 70 percent to 8 Canadian cents per share, the first cut in more than two decades, sending its shares down more than 17 percent to a more than five-year low. AGF, one of Canada's largest independent fund managers, maintained its dividend of 27 Canadian cents per share for the...

  • Dec 9- Canadian fund manager AGF Management Ltd said it would slash its quarterly dividend by 70 percent to 8 Canadian cents per share, the first cut in more than two decades, sending its shares down more than 20 percent to a more-than five-year low. AGF, one of Canada's largest independent fund managers, maintained its quarterly dividend of 27 Canadian cents per...

  • Dec 9- Canadian fund manager AGF Management Ltd said it planned to slash its quarterly dividend by 70 percent to 8 Canadian cents per share, the first cut since 1989.. The company said the planned dividend cut would be implemented from the first quarter of 2015.. The steep cut in dividend will help AGF renew its share buyback program next year and allocate capital...

  • Buckle board authorizes special dividend Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 7:48 AM ET

    KEARNEY, Neb.— The Buckle announced a special dividend of $2.77 per share and the retailer is increasing its regular quarterly dividend by 4.5 percent. The company also made some personnel announcements Tuesday, appointing Kelli Molczyk as vice president of women's merchandising and Diane Applegate as vice president of supply chain and merchandising...

  • VANCOUVER, Dec 4- Shares of Enbridge Inc surged more than 12 percent to a record high on Thursday, a day after the company outlined plans to transfer ownership of its Canadian pipelines to an affiliate and boost its dividend by 33 percent. The plan will allow Calgary- based Enbridge to accelerate dividend growth and improve funding costs for new projects,...

  • *To pay dividend of 0.50 euro/ share for 2014, 2015. *Sells Spain, Portugal assets to Macquarie for 2.5 bln euros. FRANKFURT, Dec 1- Germany's top utility E.ON said it would split in two, spinning off power plants to focus on renewable energy and power grids, a dramatic response to industry changes that could trigger similar moves at European peers.

  • *To pay dividend of 0.50 euro/ share for 2014, 2015. *Sells Spain, Portugal assets to Macquarie for 2.5 bln euros. FRANKFURT, Dec 1- Germany's biggest utility E.ON announced plans on Sunday to split in two and spin off most of its power generation, energy trading and upstream businesses, responding to a crisis that has crippled the European energy sector.

  • *Asset sales have yielded $150 billion over four years. LONDON, Nov 28- With oil company revenues set to drop on the back of a rout in prices, boards will have to cut investments and increase borrowing to maintain their cherished dividend payouts. The world's top oil companies including BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Total, ExxonMobil and Chevron are already in the midst of a...

  • *Asset sales have yielded $150 billion over four years. LONDON, Nov 28- With oil company revenues set to drop on the back of a rout in prices, boards will have to cut investments and increase borrowing to maintain their cherished dividend payouts. The world's top oil companies, or majors, including BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Total, ExxonMobil and Chevron are already in the...

  • *Lukoil may pay over 50 pct of 2015 profit as dividends. *Lukoil may cancel treasury shares. MOSCOW, Nov 27- Russia's No.2 oil producer, Lukoil, announced on Thursday that profits had more than halved in the third quarter due to low oil prices and a weak rouble, but said it may increase its dividend payout next year if crude prices slide further.

  • Reaching behind the Iron Curtain for yield Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 5:37 PM ET

    Perniciously low yields are driving investors ever further afield, but it isn't clear they should embrace beaten down markets behind the former iron curtain.

  • Buybacks get a bad rap: Pro  Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 8:31 AM ET

    Cliff Robbins, Blue Harbour Group founder & CEO, explains how buybacks can create a ton of stockholder value. Martin Franklin, Jarden executive chairman, weighs in.

  • ESSEN, Germany, Nov 20- Germany's biggest steelmaker ThyssenKrupp is resuming dividend payments a year earlier than expected, signalling confidence in a turnaround with the promise of a modest payout for shareholders after it beat profit forecasts. ThyssenKrupp said on Thursday it would pay 0.11 euros a share for the year to end-September.