Chip manufacturing equipment maker Applied Materials Inc. said Monday its board has approved a plan to repurchase up to $2 billion of its shares over the next three years.
The company also raised its regular quarterly dividend by 17 percent, or 1 cent, to 7 cents.
The dividend is payable on June 16 to shareholders of record as of May 26.
As of Jan. 31, Applied Materials had about 1.34 billion shares outstanding.
Shares rose 6 cents to $12.35 in morning trading.
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