Microsoft Trades Ex-Dividend

DividendChannel.com
Forbes

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:

MSFT Dividend History


Date

Div*


05/17/11

0.160


02/15/11

0.160


11/16/10

0.160


08/17/10

0.130


05/18/10

0.130


02/16/10

0.130


11/17/09

0.130


08/18/09

0.130


05/19/09

0.130


02/17/09

0.130


11/18/08

0.130


08/19/08

0.110


05/13/08

0.110


02/19/08

0.110


11/13/07

0.110


08/14/07

0.100


05/15/07

0.100


02/13/07

0.100


11/14/06

0.100


08/15/06

0.090


05/15/06

0.090


02/15/06

0.090


11/15/05

0.080


08/15/05

0.080


02/15/05

0.080


11/15/04

3.080


08/23/04

0.080


10/15/03

0.160


02/19/03

0.080


* Data may be adjusted for splits; we are not responsible for data errors; always verify data with the company.




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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.

According to the ETF Finder at ETF Channel, MSFT makes up 17.65% of the Software HOLDRS ETF (SWH) which is trading relatively unchanged on the day Friday.

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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.

MSFT,RAX,VRSN Relative Performance Chart
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MSFT,RAX,VRSN Relative Performance Chart

In Friday trading, Microsoft Corporation shares are currently down about 1.6% on the day.

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