"Market watchers are expecting Apple to reward shareholders with a fatter dividend and heftier stock buy back when the company reports first quarter earnings this month."
Analysts, however, are divided on the size of those payouts, and just how much they should actually matter to investors. (Analyst vs. analyst as Apple eyes dividend hike)
Apple has spent $57 billion on buybacks and dividends in the last year, more than any other company in the S&P 500 during that period.
The company still prefers buybacks to dividends (it bought about $44 billion of its own shares last year). Adding to the speculation is the fact that the tech giant has issued dividends in its last two April reporting periods.
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