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$BMI said BoD approved a 15% increase in the quarterly cash dividend payment, from $0.20 to $0.23 per share, based on pre-split shares, payable Sept. 15, 2016 to shareholders of record on Aug. 31, 2016. The BoD approved a 2-for-1 stock split in form of a 100% stock dividend, payable on Sept. 15 to shareholders of record on Aug. 31.
Apple ($AAPL) reported decline in sales and profits from comparable quarter last year, attributing the decline to announcement of iPhone 7/7s. Sales and profit are being guided higher for next quarter. Apple is a solid company and will continue to dominate tech and consumer electronics segment for a while. Personally, looks like there is little downside in this investment.
Waiting with fingers crossed for $AAPL’s fourth quarter earnings.
Looking ahead to $AAPL earnings release later in the afternoon today? Gene Munster, analyst from Piper Jaffrey and the most respected authority for Apple, had this to say - "The second and slightly larger group of investors believe the tail of the iPhone 7 is irrelevant, and is betting that the iPhone 10th Anniversary will yield a jump in growth from flat to up ~15%."