Should Intel Be Boosting Its Dividend More?

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The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which senior technology analyst Eric Bleeker and consumer goods editor/analyst Austin Smith discuss topics across the investing world.

One of the major reasons investors buy Dow Jones components is their strong commitment to dividends. While investors complain of a decade of largely nonexistent returns from the Dow, its returns don't include the reliable stream of dividends thrown off by its components. Even with global fears once again spiking, the Dow's 3% yield looks mighty attractive compared to alternatives like Treasuries yielding almost nothing. Today, Eric takes a look at Intel, a company that has been continually boosting its dividend and now yields 3.2%. Earlier this month the company raised its dividend once again, but the 7% bump didn't satisfy many investors. Watch the video below for more analysis on whether Intel should be raising its dividend, and what roadblocks stand in the way of the company boosting its yield even more.

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At the time this article was published Austin Smithowns shares of Intel.Eric Bleekerhas no positions in the stocks mentioned above. The Motley Fool owns shares of Intel, Microsoft, and Qualcomm.Motley Fool newsletter services recommendIntel and Microsoft. Try any of our Foolish newsletter servicesfree for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe thatconsidering a diverse range of insightsmakes us better investors. The Motley Fool has adisclosure policy.

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