Nine Surprising Total-Return Plays in Technology

Something unusual is happening in the ever-exciting world of technology: The glamorous high techs that elicited immense awe as global growth leaders are now in the new proletariat class of attractive dividend plays. Here are nine dividend paying high techs.

Siemens Raises Dividend on Growth Outlook

Siemens AG (SI) upped its dividend for the first time in four years as it aims for strong growth in emerging markets. The German engineering company is proposing to pay out 2.7 euros per share, after three years of holding dividends at 1.6 euros per share, Bloomberg News said.

HCA to Pay $2 Billion Dividend to Private Equity Owners

Hospital chain HCA will issue a $2 billion dividend to private-equity owners including KKR & Co. and Bain Capital LLC. HCA will use a $1.5 billion high-yield bond sale to help pay for the dividend, Bloomberg News reported.

Will Banks Start Raising Dividends Soon?

The Federal Reserve may soon start letting some banks boost their dividends again, according to a story in The Wall Street Journal that cites anonymous sources.

McDonald's Raises Dividend to 61 Cents a Share

McDonald%u2019s (MCD) declared a quarterly cash dividend of 61 cents a share, an 11 % increase over the previous quarterly dividend. This brings the fourth quarter dividend payout to about $650 million, McDonald%u2019s said in a statement.

Four Cash-Rich Pharma Picks From Goldman

While a new report from Goldman says health care is in a state of flux that most of the sector's companies haven't adjusted to yet, it also pinpoints four that have plenty of cash that could be put to good use for investors.

Microsoft Ups Dividend, Plans to Sell Debt

Microsoft (MSFT) upped its quarterly dividend to 16 cents a share from 13 cents a share, an increase of 23%. The new dividend represents an annual dividend yield of 2.5%, TheStreet reported. Microsoft had not raised its dividend in two years.

What If Five Big Techs Started Paying Dividends?

What if other dividend holdouts Apple, Dell, eBay, Google and Yahoo followed Cisco's recent example and also instituted a dividend? Each one can easily afford a similar 2% yield, but whether to take that path isn't an easy decision. Here's out the numbers work out.

Why Dividend Hunters Have MLPs in Their Sights

The big attraction is tax-favored dividends. MLPs can be generous because they don't have to pay federal income taxes if they pay out most of their cash flow to shareholders. Many MLPs now annually pay in the 6% to 10% range. But, alas, they're not for everyone.

Microsoft May Issue Debt to Fund Dividend, Buyback

Microsoft may sell debt later this year to fund share buybacks and dividend payments for shareholders of the world's largest software maker. The company may opt to issue debt because interest rates are near record lows.

How to Play Defense in a Volatile Market

Equity investors have ample reason to be frustrated these days. The S&P 500 has hovered around 1,080 since mid-May, but it hasn't been a quiet ride. Oliver Pursche, president of Gary Goldberg Financial Services, talks about how you can smooth out the bumps of short-term volatility.

Face-Off on Stocks: Colgate, Clorox and Kellogg

Chances are, every day you use products from Colgate-Palmolive, Clorox and Kellogg. These consumer staple companies have solid balance sheets and their shares offer investors a reliable stream of dividends. But are their stocks attractive? Will you still buy Glad trash bags and Colgate toothpaste if deflation hits the economy? DailyFinance's Nikhil Hutheesing and Dan Burrows face-off on the companies, the stocks, and whether they should be in your portfolio.

Face-Off on Stocks: Starbucks, Intel, Del Monte

There's a lot to be said for reliable dividend paying stocks in any market and if they can offer a smidgen of safety in uncertain equity waters, well, so much the better. In this video, Dan Burrows and Nikhil Hutheesing give their "thumbs-up, thumbs-down" views on three dividend plays.

BP Delays a Decision About Canceling Its Dividend

BP has been pressured to halt paying its dividend to shareholders to conserve money needed to clean up the oil spill and pay restitution and damages. CEO Tony Hayward says the company "will pay all legitimate claims." So, that dividend cash may yet be needed.

Healthy Boost for Dividends
in the First Quarter

U.S. corporate dividends are showing a dramatic turnaround just one year after recording their worst quarter in history. S&P reports that 399 companies added $6.4 billion to dividends in the first quarter. By contrast, 367 companies cut dividends by a record $43.8 billion in the first of quarter 2009.

Starbucks Announces First-Ever Dividend

Starbucks shareholders will now be getting some actual bucks with their java: The company's board of directors announced on Wednesday that it would issue its first-ever cash dividend. The 10 cents per share payout is an acknowledgment of the success of company's painful recent restructuring.