Microsoft is giving away $32.6 Billion

@ 2004/12/03
SAN FRANCISCO (CBSMW) -- Even investors who don't own Microsoft shares may benefit from the $32.6 billion cash dividend the company paid to its shareholders Thursday.

That's because recipients of the dividend payout -- the largest of its kind -- are likely to plow at least some of the money back into the market, either in the tech sector or in dividend-paying stocks, fund managers say.

Microsoft (MSFT), bowing to demands that it share some of its huge cash hoard with investors, paid a one-time dividend of $3 a share.

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