They could do the same thing MSFT is doing. The three companies in the DOW with the lowest debt are MSFT, INTC and COKE. They could borrow for next to nothing and give shareholders a respite from their "long term strategic investments"...
When asked about the piles of cash in the 1Q CC, CFO said no buyback because priorities were number 1, increase the dividend, and number 2 strategic acquisitions. I would guess they increase to .76-.80/yr.
A study on the dividend history of Intel shows that the company has been offering dividends in every quarter for last few decades. The regular cash dividend declared on 18th January 2007 was US$ 0.1125, which was a raise from US$ 0.100 dividend declared on 13th September 2006, the last of the quarterly dividends for the year of 2006.
Doubtful. INTC needs to have cash on hand now that they spent several billion on McAfee and the other thing. The stock has to rebound to around $20 before anything like an increase in the dividend will take place and the reason for the increase cannot have been the market's expectation that they will raise they dividend, i.e. a self-fulfilling prophesy. Now that I have said that I am going to sit on a mustard jar and enjoy the sensation. Only God can help Intel now.