Dividends

The biggest U.S. banks announced plans to buy back tens of billions of dollars in stock and hike their quarterly dividends after passing an annual stress test by the Federal Reserve. Wells Fargo said it would more than double its stock buybacks to $24.5 billion and raise its quarterly dividend to 43 cents a share …

Market volatility can make dividend stocks look more appealing to long-term investors, but there are risks you should know before you buy.

After Freeport McMoRan cut its dividend because of falling oil prices, some investors are wondering if energy companies will follow Freeport’s lead.

Ask any investor to name a sector or two that pays dividends and you’re likely to get telecoms and utilities every time. These industries have traditionally been paid the most, with the average telecom offering a nearly 4.8 percent yield and utilities paying about 3.5 percent. What many investors don’t realize is that other sectors …

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Investors looking for dividend growth typically focus on utility, consumer staples and health care stocks. But should technology names be added to that list? Apple issued its first dividend two years ago and today its the second biggest dividend player in the S&P 500. Are other tech companies ready to follow suit?

Big, cash-rich technology companies are drawing intense scrutiny these days from frustrated shareholders and activist investors, but they also have found some new fans. Take famed Oakmark Fund manager Bill Nygren. He thinks the market is undervaluing technology stocks—or, at least, looking at some of the bigger names through the wrong lens. They look a …

The world’s largest listed companies paid out more than $1 trillion in dividends for the first time, a new report shows. Investors were awarded $1.027 trillion of dividends last year, as pay-outs have increased by $310 billion since 2009, according to research from Henderson Global Investors. (Read more: It’s time to cash in on dividends) Dividend …