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During 4Q15, $QCOM announced a cash dividend of $0.48 per share, payable on Dec. 18, 2015 to stockholders of record as on Dec. 1, 2015. For FY15, $QCOM returned $14.1Bil of capital to stockholders, an increase of 98% YoverY. Since Sept. 27, 2015, company repurchased 24.6MM shares of common stock for $1.4Bil.
Apple ($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%."