Microsoft Ups Dividend, Total is Betting on Russia, and 3 More Hot Stocks

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Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT): Microsoft has declared a 28 cent per share dividend, up 22 percent over its last dividend offering. Additionally, the company has announced a new $40 billion stock buyback, representing a repurchase of 14 percent of its outstanding shares at current levels. The new program replaces another $40 billion program that is set to expire on September 30.

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