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What the Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) Bond Deal Is Really Telling Us

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Apple Inc. sold about $12 billion worth of bonds Tuesday, almost exactly one year after it conducted a monster $17 billion bond sale.

But that's a lot of debt to take on when you have $150 billion of cash and marketable securities on your balance sheet and free cash flow of about $40 billion per year.

So why do it?

As odd as it may seem, it's actually all the government's fault...

Dividend Stocks: This Tech Giant Is Now the S&P 500's Biggest Dividend Payer

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News about dividend stocks poured in last week, with some 85 companies increasing payouts.

But Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) stole the spotlight, sweetening its quarterly dividend 8%, or $0.24 per share, to $3.29, making it the S&P 500's biggest dividend payer.

It also added $30 billion to its stock buyback program and declared a 7-for-1 stock split.

Here are 30 other dividend stocks that also increased payouts in the week ending April 25.

Can Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) Stock Avoid the Microsoft Syndrome?

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Although Apple Inc. stock is up about 8% on the strength of an earnings beat and several shareholder-friendly announcements, the real question is whether the tech giant can keep the stock moving higher.

But Apple today could easily turn into the next Microsoft Corp. in the last decade - a company making mountains of money with a stock that stayed flat.

These similarities between Apple now and Microsoft then should be keeping Apple CEO Tim Cook up at night...

Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) Earnings Beat Takes Everyone By Surprise

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Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) pleasantly surprised Wall Street by comfortably beating expectations when it reported earnings for its March quarter after the market close today (Wednesday).

The tech giant also threw existing holders of Apple stock several goodies, including an expansion of the stock buyback program and an 8% increase in the dividend.

But while the stellar earnings report will push Apple stock higher in the short term,

it will take more than that to sustain a push back to $600 and beyond...

Why It's Not Too Late to Buy Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) Stock

While many investors were bailing on Apple Inc. last summer, Money Morning Capital Wave Strategist Shah Gilani was recommending it.

Gilani, a retired hedge-fund manager who runs the Capital Wave Forecast and Short Side Fortunes advisory services here at Money Map Press, often makes counter-intuitive picks; the same day he made his call on Apple, he recommended Microsoft Corp.

In this Q&A with <strong><em>Money Morning</em></strong> Executive Editor William Patalon III, <u>Gilani explains what he likes so much about Apple... </u>

Apple and Tesla Motors Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) Might Have a Secret Plan

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It now appears that rumors Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) had an acquisitive eye on Tesla Motors Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) were just that - rumors.

But the two companies have been talking, and almost surely about the planned Tesla Gigafactory, an enormous rechargeable battery production plant projected to open in 2017 and cost at least $5 billion.

It makes total sense. Thanks to its sales of millions of mobile devices like iPads, iPhones, and laptops, Apple uses twice as much battery capacity as Tesla.

Surrender on Apple Stock Buyback a Rare Loss for Carl Icahn

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This doesn't happen very often.

Carl Icahn has been foiled in one of his activist investing ploys, and by none other than Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL).

Icahn's bid for an Apple stock buyback worth $50 billion ran aground today (Monday) when an influential proxy voting service, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS), sided with Apple.

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