Can Cisco Keep Its Dividend Growing?

In the video below, senior technology analyst Eric Bleeker discusses Cisco's last quarter and whether the company's dividend has room to grow. Eric notes that while Cisco was up almost 10% yesterday, that was less on the strength of its earnings and more on its willingness to return cash to shareholders through its 75% dividend raise. Cisco now yields about 3%, which puts the company in the league of big-dividend-paying peers Microsoft and Intel.

However, as Eric warns, Cisco has less room than Intel and Microsoft to keep raising its dividend unless U.S. tax rules change and allow Cisco to bring more cash home. So if you're an investor buying on Cisco's big dividend raise, a 3% yield might be near a ceiling, while Microsoft could keep raising its dividend at a 25% clip sustainably over the next couple years.

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