Slideshow: Top Corporate Cash Cows

Companies are clinging to their cash more than ever before. Who is sitting on the most?

 


Apple Inc.

Cash reserves: $27.6 billion

The tech powerhouse is well known for as a cash titan. Though its figures for cash and equivalents don't seem out of this world, with long term investments their supply was at $117 billion at the end of Q3 2012. In March, Moody's estimated its cash stores (then a modest $97 billion) represented 8% of all corporate cash. Beginning this month, the company will start paying out a dividend of $2.65 per share.

 

Google Inc.

Cash reserves: $43.1 billion

 

Cisco Systems Inc.

Cash reserves: $48.4 billion

Networking giant Cisco holds a whopping 91% of its cash overseas in 2011, according to a Standard and Poor's survey of corporate cash. It used $5 billion of that cash to finance its acquisition of the British video-service software company NDS in March.

 

Microsoft Inc.

Cash reserves: $63 billion

Microsoft's cash stores are up from $51.7 at the end of 2011. This, despite acquiring enterprise social networking provider Yammer for $1.2 billion in cash in June. It may also increase its 20 cent dividend this year.

 

General Electric

Cash reserves: $74.29 billion

GE's cash supply has decreased from $84.5 billion since the end of 2011. The company is ranked 3rd largest in the world according to Forbes.

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