“With Apple’s cash balance $40 billion higher than it was in March of 2012, Huberty believes the company will likely return more cash to shareholders,” Hughes reports. “She believes the iPhone maker could match the S&P 500 IT sector’s average free cash flow payout of 68 percent.”
Hughes reports, “At that rate, Apple could return $28 billion to shareholders in fiscal year 2013, which would imply a 6 percent total yield on the company’s dividend. That would be a major increase over Apple’s current $2.65 quarterly dividend, which carries a 2.3 percent yield.”
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