Dow Dividend Checkup: IBM

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Over the next several weeks we'll be looking at each of the components of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and subjecting them to a dividend checkup. Today, we're looking at IBM. IBM, of course, is one of the leading providers of IT products and services in the world. Its share price has been doing well of late. It's up over 20% during the past 12 months, and it's up about 6% for the year, which is slightly higher than the Dow as a whole. Bank of America, which is up approximately 42% for the year is the Dow leader for 2012 so far. IBM has recently raised its dividend by 13%, which marks the 17th year in a row that it has raised its dividend. Its yield is 1.8% compared to the Dow average of 2.9%. Coca-Cola, another blue chip favorite of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, pays out 2.7%. IBM's future looks promising. It has been making key investments in emerging markets and business analytics. Macroeconomic factors could slow the growth of its business, however.

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