Microsoft yield tops Apple‘s after dividend-hike announcement

Shares of Microsoft Corp. rose 1.3% to pace the premarket gainers among the Dow Jones Industrial Average‘s components, after the software behemoth announced an and approved a $40 billion stock repurchase program. Based on Wednesday‘s stock closing price of $138.52, the new annual dividend rate of $2.04 raises Microsoft‘s implied dividend yield to 1.47% from 1.33%, to leapfrog Apple Inc.‘s yield of 1.38% into 25th place among the Dow‘s 30 components. Apple‘s stock edged up 0.1% ahead of the open. The premarket stock gains indicates Microsoft will stretch its lead as the largest U.S. company by market capitalization, which was $1.06 trillion as of Wednesday‘s close, above second-place Apple at $1.01 trillion.

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