Microsoft Trades Ex-Dividend

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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.

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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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