Apple declares new giant stock dividend for Q3

This week Apple's earnings call started off with a bang with great news for investors in the blockbuster company – dividends for all common stock. Apple's Board of Directors declared no less than a dividend of $2.65 USD per share on all of the Company's common stock, payable later this year to all stockholders. This is not the first time Apple has made cash payouts to their loyal stockholders, and we expect that it will not be the last.

Apple notes that this dividend is payable on August 16th, 2012, and that all stockholders of the basic Common stock will receive the amount quoted per share. Those eligible to receive this amount will have had to have been stockholders of record as of the close of the business day on August 13, 2012. The ex-dividend date is August 9, 2012 as well – keep all that in mind, you traders, you!

Have a peek at the rest of the earnings news as it unfolds here at the tail end of Apple's 2012 financial 3rd quarter, and check out the timeline below for more recent Apple news driving the company forward.