According to DividendChannel.com, on 8/16/11, Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) will trade ex-dividend, for its quarterly dividend of $0.16, payable on 9/8/11. As a percentage of MSFT's recent stock price of $24.80, this dividend works out to approximately 0.65%.
Below is a dividend history chart for MSFT, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent $0.16 declared by Microsoft Corporation:
In general, dividends are not always predictable; but looking at the history above can help in judging whether the most recent dividend from MSFT is likely to continue, and whether the current estimated yield of 2.58% on annualized basis is a reasonable expectation of annual yield going forward.
MSFT operates in the Application Software sector, among companies like Rackspace Hosting Inc (RAX) which is up about 0.9% today, and Verisign Inc (VRSN) trading higher by about 1.7%. Below is a three month price history chart comparing the stock performance of MSFT, versus RAX and VRSN.
In Friday trading, Microsoft Corporation shares are currently down about 1.6% on the day.