February 22, 1991 |
As editor of the La Jolla-based investment newsletter Investment Quality Trends, Geraldine Weiss has become the market's Grand Dame of Dividends. Her attitude toward a stock is determined largely by the dividend--how much cash a company chooses to pay out to shareholders, the size of that payout relative to the stock price, and how it grows. To Weiss, the dividend is a basic measure of a stock's value. And right now, Weiss doesn't like what she sees--peace or no peace in the Persian Gulf.
July 24, 2003 |
Shareholders were treated to another flurry of positive dividend news Wednesday. Since Congress voted in May to cut the tax on dividend income to a maximum of 15%, a raft of companies have decided to begin paying a dividend for the first time or to boost existing quarterly payouts. Among those doing so Wednesday: Brewer Anheuser-Busch Cos. raised its quarterly dividend to 22 cents from 19.5 cents. Still, its shares fell 44 cents to $51.10. Natural gas producer Burlington Resources Inc.
July 23, 2002 |
Williams Cos., the No. 2 U.S. pipeline owner, slashed its dividend by 95% after an energy-trading slump led to a second-quarter loss. The stock plunged 61% to a 20-year low. The quarterly dividend was reduced by 19 cents to a penny after Williams had a per-share loss of as much as 73 cents, the company said. It will report full second-quarter results Monday. The dividend cut will save $95 million this quarter, the company said. Shares of Tulsa, Okla.-based Williams fell $3.15 to $2.
February 6, 1997
Wynn's International Inc.'s directors have boosted the company's quarterly dividend to 8 cents a share from 6.67 cents, payable March 31 to shareholders of record March 14. The increase is the fourth in four years for the company, which supplies O-rings, sealing products, chemical products and builders hardware parts.
October 17, 1995
Directors of Sunstone Hotel Investors, a San Clemente real estate investment trust, declared the company's first dividend Friday. The dividend of 11.5 cents a share will be paid Nov. 1 to shareholders of record Oct. 20. The company, which had its initial public offering in August, also said net income in the third quarter rose 7% to $1.5 million. That was an increase of 24 cents a share, from $1.4 million, or 22 cents a share, in the same period a year ago. Revenue rose to $2.7 million from $2.
July 14, 2004 |
Wireless communications company Qualcomm Inc. declared a 2-for-1 stock split Tuesday and increased its quarterly dividend by 40%. The San Diego-based maker of cellphone chips said its quarterly cash dividend would increase to 14 cents a share from 10 cents on a pre-split basis and to 7 cents from 5 cents on a post-split basis. The increased dividend rate will be payable Sept. 24 to shareholders of record on Aug. 27. The stock split will take effect Aug. 13 for holders of record on July 23.
September 30, 1994 |
USAir Group Inc., facing large losses and fallout after two major plane crashes this year, said Thursday that it will defer its quarterly dividend payment, due today, on $358 million of its preferred stock. The postponement, less drastic than an outright suspension, defers payments on preferred shares held by two of its major investors, British Airways and the Berkshire Hathaway Inc. investment group, led by billionaire Warren Buffett.
July 10, 2001 |
Xerox Corp. on Monday eliminated its quarterly dividend for the first time since its inception in 1948, yet another cost-cutting move by the office equipment maker bent on returning to profitability this year. Stopping the 5-cents-a-share quarterly payment doesn't reflect unanticipated second-quarter developments, the company said. Xerox hasn't changed its guidance about second-quarter earnings, spokeswoman Christa Carone said.
May 26, 2012 |
Apple Inc. Chief Executive Tim Cook is saying "no thanks" to stock dividends potentially worth $75 million. The company said in a regulatory filing that Cook had volunteered to exempt himself from a new compensation program under which Apple employees could collect a dividend on stock grants that have not yet vested. The unusual move comes as boards of major companies have faced heightened scrutiny for approving excessive compensation for their CEOs. After a year that has seen Apple's reputation tested by controversy over the way its Chinese production partners treated low-paid workers, observers said Cook might have seen an opportunity to bolster the company's image as a socially responsible and progressive force.