Apple gearing up to pay out $2.5 billion in dividends on Thursday

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  • Reply 21 of 98


    Oh f'ing please. It's a growth stock that is highly manipulated and kept down.

  • Reply 22 of 98
    kpomkpom Posts: 653member


    Must this article parrot a talking point of one particular party? One of the reasons that the 2003 tax cuts reduced the dividend rate was to eliminate the disparity between dividends and capital gains. The economic argument is that the corporation already pays taxes (up to 35%), so it makes sense to reduce the taxes that individuals pay on the dividends they receive from corporations. Otherwise, corporate earnings would effectively be taxed at up to 70%. As a result of the tax cuts, many individuals pay no taxes on dividends while others pay 15%. Those rates are the same that one would pay by selling the stock at a gain. The idea behind reducing the dividend rate was to encourage companies to pay dividends rather than stockpile cash, so that the cash could go back into the economy.

     

  • Reply 23 of 98
    kpomkpom Posts: 653member

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    Does this mean that if somebody sold their shares today on Tuesday, they'll still be receiving a dividend on Thursday?


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    It depends on if it was sold ex-dividend. If yes, then yes, the "old" owner will receive the dividend. If no, then the "new" owner would receive the dividend, but the selling price would reflect that fact. The market knows how to handle these kinds of things.

  • Reply 24 of 98
    l008coml008com Posts: 163member

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    Everyone pays the same rate on capital gains



     


    That particular fact is not true. And yet it's a very common belief even among people in the finance field. But capital gains rates are tiered just like regular income tax rates. 

  • Reply 25 of 98
    chabigchabig Posts: 640member

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    WTF is this doing in this story?


     


     


     


    Dilger doing his usual bang up job of inserting his own bias into every post. Nice.



    I agree. This doesn't belong. But since it came up, the disparity, is intentional. Investors get a break on capital gains because it encourages investment and they are, after all, taking risk. My employer pays my income without risk. When I invest, I win some and I lose some.

  • Reply 26 of 98
    poochpooch Posts: 768member
    don't forget that this is not apple's first dividend. for seven years, while steve was gone, they paid a quarterly dividend.

    http://investor.apple.com/dividends.cfm
  • Reply 27 of 98

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    No, I agree with SJ 100% - did you read my post? He never agreed with dividends, Cook does...is this clear for you?



     


    At some point 'growth' hits the ceiling of large numbers, and a P/E less than 20 is an artifact of that.   If you can't invest the money in the bank, and you're getting <1% Return on Cash, you're not stewarding your owner's money effectively.   evolving to paying a dividend gives you 3 things as a stockholder.


     


    1) income


    2) increased interest in your stock, in that large funds that have income requirements will now recognize you as a component qualifier


    3) cash to buy more Apple Stock ( or diversify into smaller companies).


     


    You may say 'buy some other company.'   I think it's hard to buy a company for > 10B, that aligns with Apple's core values and business plan.  Big doesn't mean good.  HP buying EDS, and now writing off over 8Billion is an example of that.  Apple buys small (<1B), and only when they are extremely strategic (PA Semi, LiquidMetal, Siri, Poly9&C3), and not just to pad the revenue streams (which makes the AuthenTec deal intriguing).


     


    Having 1/6th of your value in Cash (and growing) just seems to be a waste of capital.  If Apple can't spend it to grow the company, it should spend it (in Dividends) to entice income investors into the mix.


     


    I agree with not splitting the stock, not going whole hog and buying back stock to prop value (buying back stock to increase employee ownership is differend), and not 


     


     


    I still think the best thing to do is create a Apple Bank and link it to ITMS. Why pay transaction fees, when you can be a bank?

  • Reply 28 of 98
    elmsleyelmsley Posts: 120member


    Wow I'm surprised at all these dividend questions from Apple fanboys.  I recommend you learning how to invest rather than learning about dividends through the worst stock to get dividends from.  There are much better stocks to 'buy and sell' just to get the dividend.  You can probably earn the same (or better) on capital gains by day trading AAPL any given day.

     

  • Reply 29 of 98
    gqbgqb Posts: 1,934member


    Convenient.... this will just about pay for my new iPhone next month.  :)

  • Reply 30 of 98
    gqbgqb Posts: 1,934member

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    Originally Posted by KPOM View Post


    ...the corporation already pays taxes (up to 35%)...



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  • Reply 31 of 98

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    Originally Posted by brlawyer View Post


    A pathetic development for what has always been a growth stock - another proof that Cook is terrible visionary.



    Wow.  What incredible cynicism.  Since the beginning of this year (2012), AAPL is up 55.9% (as of today's closing), with all of this growth done on Tim Cook's watch.  Hmmm.  Tell me, brlawyer, how many shares of AAPL do YOU own right now?  That is, what skin do you presently have in this game?  I have 5700 shares and will be earning (at minimum) $60,420 a year in dividends---while the stock grows like crazy (for at least the next 15 months, I'd wager).  Funny, but it always seems that those who have only their opinions to fall back on have the loudest voices about what Apple should do with OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY.  Remember, the $117 Billion + in Apple's coffers does not belong to them.  It is ours, the shareholders, and unless Apple plans to buy the entirety of the WinTel empire--in cash-- anytime soon, I want some of that money back.

  • Reply 32 of 98

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    Can somebody buy AAPL on monday, collect the dividend on Thursday and then sell the stock on Friday?


     


    I've never held a dividend stock before. $2.65 per share doesn't seem like a whole lot though, to be honest. Somebody can make that per share in a few minutes, just trading AAPL on any given green day.



    Typically, the expected value of that strategy, in an efficient market, is zero. The stock trades down mechanically at an ex-dividend price (http://www.investopedia.com/terms/e/ex-dividend.asp#axzz23YOQl7Lg) to reflect the money that left the company.

  • Reply 33 of 98

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    WTF is this doing in this story?


     


     


     


    Dilger doing his usual bang up job of inserting his own bias into every post. Nice.



    Yeah, I was wondering the same thing. Halfway through, it started to read like political propaganda....


     


    But on the plus side, I did not notice any usual AI-style typos or grammatical errors, so I'll go with the flow... image

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    macrulezmacrulez Posts: 2,455member


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  • Reply 35 of 98
    cameronjcameronj Posts: 2,357member

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    Can somebody buy AAPL on monday, collect the dividend on Thursday and then sell the stock on Friday?


     


    I've never held a dividend stock before. $2.65 per share doesn't seem like a whole lot though, to be honest. Somebody can make that per share in a few minutes, just trading AAPL on any given green day.



    The stock will be worth more per share before the dividend date than it will after.  Investors are not dumb, they will realize the value of the stock went down after the dividend and take it down accordingly.

  • Reply 36 of 98
    maestro64maestro64 Posts: 4,941member


    I can not wait for my first of many checks, can not retire on them but ever little bit counts.


     


    For those who do not understand how this all works, first you have to be a holder of the stock for a longer period of time than a few days before an after other wise people would all try to buy and sell dividend stock before and after the dividend payout day all the time. If you only hold it for part of the period you get a prorated dividend. Also for those who think the stock drops equal to the dividend pay out that is not always true, some drop more and others continue to go up as you are seeing with Apple, not only are they paying a dividend your based investment continues to grow. Personally I like the stock that drop and maybe drop a lot as they pay out the dividend since I usually re-invest those dividend and I can buy at a lower cost and let the money ride. Apple stock price is not fully base on the money in the bank so their pay out has not really reflection on the value of the stock.


     


    I personally have other investment that continue to pay dividend and the value of the investment continue to grow so you have to know the investment since they all do not react the same way


     


    Also, to get the tax break you have to hold it more than a year otherwise the dividend will be treated as ordinary income and taxed according.

  • Reply 37 of 98
    maestro64maestro64 Posts: 4,941member

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    Originally Posted by elmsley View Post


    Wow I'm surprised at all these dividend questions from Apple fanboys.  I recommend you learning how to invest rather than learning about dividends through the worst stock to get dividends from.  There are much better stocks to 'buy and sell' just to get the dividend.  You can probably earn the same (or better) on capital gains by day trading AAPL any given day.

     



    True, but you have to factor in the price you paid for apple, in may case it was very lows so the return on invested capital with these dividend is pretty nice return on top of the unrealize capital gains. To you point it not worth buying apple at $600+ to reap a $2+ dividend. There are investment at $10+ per share paying 10%+ in dividends a years. So if you want a very good return on you money do not buy apple at this point. Apple is priced for the guy who have millions of $ to invest in one shot and can ride the ups and down and get a few extra $ in dividends on top of that.

  • Reply 38 of 98
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    What is the largest quarterly dividend a company has paid out? This seems pretty high. Note, I'm talking about a quarterly dividend not a one time dividend, but I'll take any info on the subject.
  • Reply 39 of 98


    Stuck with billions they can't spend fast enough eh?  They are more than welcome to pay off my debt.  Out soccer stadium seats 24,000 people.  My debt is less than that.  

  • Reply 40 of 98
    cvaldes1831cvaldes1831 Posts: 1,832member
    solipsismx wrote: »
    What is the largest quarterly dividend a company has paid out? This seems pretty high. Note, I'm talking about a quarterly dividend not a one time dividend, but I'll take any info on the subject.
    I have no idea about all-time, but here's a list of high-yield dividend stocks.

    Some foreign telecoms pay out pretty well.
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