Bank of America Corp. (BAC) announced Wednesday a plan to return $37 billion to shareholders over the next 12 months, through share repurchases and dividends. As part of that plan, the money-center bank said it plans to increase the quarterly dividend by 20%. Based on Tuesday's stock closing price of $28.99 and the current dividend of 15 cents a share, a 20% increase would imply a quarterly dividend of 18 cents a share, an annual dividend rate of 72 cents a share and a dividend yield of 2.48%. That's above the implied yield for the SPDR Financial Select Sector ETF (XLF) of 1.95% and for the S&P 500 of 1.93%. The plan also includes more than $30 billion in gross stock buybacks, which represents more than 10.9% of the shares outstanding. That would be an increase from the past 12 months, in which the bank repurchased 7% of its shares outstanding. BofA's stock fell 0.3% in premarket trading, after the bank reported second-quarter earnings (link) that topped expectations but revenue that came up a bit short.
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