Microsoft is giving its shareholders a 25 per cent boost in its December dividends, forking out $0.20 per share from its cash stockpile. The hike follows a 23 per cent rise in dividend last year, as investors get increasingly irritated with the software giant's sluggish share price. The stock hasn't changed much up or down from …
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Apple is giving its patent lawyers a 25 per cent boost in workload from its December dividends, forking out $0.20 per share from its cash stockpile.
Shareholders and rational expectations.
The current share-price that Apple can command is a *relatively* new phenomenon (the last six/seven years or so - I believe?) and is heavily dependent on them maintaining the iPad/iPhone driven hegemony in the mobile communications/computing market. How rational and realistic is it to believe that that dominance will continue on the current scale? If some of Microsoft's investors really believe that that kind of rocket-like capital appreciation is something they can rationally say that they are "entitled" to then they should get out more. I say this without any comment on either Apple or Microsoft as companies.