Dow Dividend Checkup: Microsoft

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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 we'll be subjecting them to a dividend checkup. Today, we're looking at Microsoft. Microsoft is a huge, iconic company with a market cap of $258 billion. The company is not often thought of as a dividend stock, though it should be. It's actually grown its dividend at around 14% per year over the past five years, and it has a relatively low payout ratio. Its yield of 2.60% compares very favorably with the average of 3% or so for the Dow. Tech competitors Intel and Apple deliver yields of 3.3% and 1.8%, respectively. Google, of course, does not pay a dividend at all.

Microsoft has been in the news a lot lately for its Surface tablet. John has seen a lot of positive reports about it so far. The company of course faces a lot of competitive threats from the likes of Apple and Google, but it still has an extremely strong and innovative business. The fact that such a strong company delivers a solid and growing dividend might be very attractive for investors.

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