Should Google give its shareholders a dividend? That's what some analysts are suggesting in order for cash-rich Google to promote goodwill. After all, hasn't the dividend-reluctant Apple capitulated and will now give their shareholders a share of is profits?
Google is cash-rich, having $44.63 billion in cash as of Dec. 31, and is the only tech company with a market cap above $100 billion that doesn't offer a dividend, according to All Things D.
“It probably has the most to gain in terms of positive sentiment by doing so, given its propensity for acquisitions and mixed investor sentiment around the Motorola Mobility deal," said Barclays analyst Anthony DiClemente.