Shares of the gun maker trade higher on the announcement of a payout of $4.50 a share -- timed to avoid the dividend tax increase likely kicking in next year.
Several companies are announcing special one-time payouts or moving their payout dates into December. But there's a flip side to all this largess.
Zynga is upgraded to 'buy,' and F5 Networks is both downgraded and upgraded.
While German data are surprisingly weak, Chinese reports indicate the slowdown in growth had eased.
Mondelez is downgraded to 'hold,' and Citigroup is upgraded to 'outperform.'
Fat corporate cash hoards and a potentially higher tax rate next year may add up to more one-time payments to investors in the fourth quarter.
Strong cash flow may prompt some casinos to offer special dividends by the end of the year.
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