Is Google Next to Offer a Dividend?

Is Google Next to Offer a Dividend?

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After Apple's dividend announcement last month, eyes are now on Google for whether a shareholder payout is in its future. As of the latest quarter, Google (GOOG) has more cash as a percentage of market cap than its five largest competitors, including Apple – its cash holdings stand at $44.6 billion. (STAY AHEAD OF THE CURVE: Follow Kapitall on Twitter)

In fact, Google is the only tech company with a market cap above $125 billion that doesn't pay a regular dividend, making investors consider whether now is the time to expect a steady payout. Google's stock has fallen 1.5% this year, so a significant dividend yield would be welcomed by investors.

According to Bloomberg, Google is adding $2-3 billion in cash each quarter, although its recent purchase of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. (MMI) for $12.5 billion will be a liquidity drain.

Google's CEO Larry Page was asked about Apple's dividend announcement last week, and he responded “I think Apple has more cash than we do.” (via Bloomberg)

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Do you think it's time that Google offered its investors a steady payout, or does it have better uses for its cash?

Below we list the largest tech stocks that pay sizable dividends. Do you think Google should join them?


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“1. Microsoft Corporation (MSFT, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Develops, licenses, and supports a range of software products and services for various computing devices worldwide. Market cap at $254.66B. Price at $30.98. Dividend yield at 2.64%, payout ratio at 25.77%.


“2. China Mobile Limited (CHL, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides mobile telecommunications and related services primarily in the Mainland China. Market cap at $216.85B. Price at $54.73. Dividend yield at 3.78%, payout ratio at 43.55%.


“3. Intel Corporation (INTC, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of integrated circuits for computing and communications industries worldwide. Market cap at $139.47B. Price at $28.48. Dividend yield at 3.02%, payout ratio at 31.29%.


“4. Siemens AG (SI, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates in the industry, energy, and healthcare sectors worldwide. Market cap at $87.21B. Price at $96.36. Dividend yield at 4.08%, payout ratio at 40.81%.


“5. Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp. (NTT, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides telecommunications services to residential and business customers in Japan. Market cap at $59.17B. Price at $22.33. Dividend yield at 2.77%, payout ratio at 40.92%.



(Written by Alexander Crawford.)


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