This is the most cynical and manipulative headline I've seen from Stryker in my 8 years owning the stock! It is the same dividend rate they paid last quarter! So every quarter where the dividend is higher than a year earlier, we're going to see a headline like this? I guess now management has decided to become pumpers.
"Kalamazoo, Michigan - February 12, 2014 - Stryker Corporation (SYK) announced that its Board of Directors has increased its dividend 15%, compared to the prior year, by declaring a quarterly dividend of $0.305 per share payable "
I sold some shares Friday. Seems like management is becoming more promotional (for instance, neglecting amortization in their eps estimates) as earnings growth slows (though due to absorbing the MAKO losses), and the valuation is no longer exciting.