$50 Billion Is Big, but Not Big Enough
Apple is cash rich. In fact, cash accounts for 40% of the company's share price. Though Microsoft comes close, with cash accounting for about 30% of its share price, Apple looks dirt cheap compared to Intel , Google , and Amazon when measured by cash per share.
Apple attempted to solve this problem with a boost to its dividend and share repurchase program. But is the world's largest share repurchase program large enough for Apple? If Apple continues to generate cash at today's levels, after its $100 billion program to return cash to shareholders through dividends and repurchases expires, the company could still have the same $144.7 billion it has today. Does this mean Apple should pay out even more cash? In the video below, Fool contributor Daniel Sparks shares his take on the matter.
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