Microsoft's Paying Out, and Google's Under a Microscope


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On today's edition of MarketFoolery, the daily podcast from The Motley Fool, we discuss the following topics:

  • Microsoft (NAS: MSFT) raised its quarterly dividend by 25%. Instead of paying out all that cash, would the software giant be better served making a strategic acquisition? Hear why one analyst thinks Netflix (NAS: NFLX) could be a target.

  • Google (NAS: GOOG) Chairman Eric Schmidt appeared before a U.S. Senate subcommittee to answer a few questions -- questions like, "Is Google unfairly using its search engine to punish companies like Expedia (NAS: EXPE) ?" Listen as one analyst defends Google's "natural monopoly" against charges of dubious business practices.

  • Brewing giant SABMiller's purchase of Foster's for $10.2 billion means only one thing: It's time for our analysts to recommend a couple of beers. Stay thirsty, investors.

At the time thisarticle was published Chris Hillowns shares Microsoft. The Motley Fool owns shares of Microsoft and Google. Motley Fool newsletter serviceshave recommended buying shares of Microsoft, Google, and Netflix, creating a bear put spread position in Netflix, and creating a bull call spread position in Microsoft. Try any of our Foolish newsletter servicesfree for 30 days. We Fools don't 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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