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In mid-December, networking equipment master Cisco Systems increased its dividend after a phone call from consumer advocate Ralph Nader. Nader urged the company, which had $45 billion in liquid assets, to share the wealth with their investors. Cisco obliged, boosting its dividend from $0.17 per quarter to $0.19 per quarter for an annual dividend of $0.76. That's good for a 3.1% yield.
CSCO stock is up 18.57% over the last six months, and 9.32% year to date. Shares traded at $24.52 on Monday.