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Microsoft, Texas Instruments, and U.S. Bancorp were among the large U.S. companies that declared dividend increases this week.
Microsoft (ticker: MSFT) plans to boost its quarterly payout by 6 cents, or 11%, to 62 cents a share from 56 cents. The stock has returned about 38% this year, dividends included, through Sept. 15, versus about 21% for the S&P 500. The stock was recently yielding 0.8%.