CUPERTINO (CBS/AP) — Apple’s stock has closed above $600 for the first time, the same day the company announced plans to reward its shareholders with a dividend and a share buyback program.
Apple said the dividend will start in its fiscal fourth quarter, which begins July 1. The buybacks will begin in its next fiscal year, which starts Sept. 30.
Apple is sitting on $97.6 billion in cash and securities. For years, it has resisted calls to reward shareholders with some of that money. Since the death of CEO Steve Jobs, management has signaled that it’s been considering options for the money.
The stock increased $15.53, or 2.65 percent, to close Monday at $601.10. It rallied in the final minutes of trading to reach that threshold.
On Thursday, the stock reached $600.01 briefly before falling to a closing price of $585.56.
Apple is the world’s most valuable company, with a market capitalization of about $560 billion. It topped $500 billion for the first time in late February, a market value peak where few companies have ventured.
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