1443 ET -- Applied Materials is one of the most mentioned companies in the U.S. across all news items in the last 12 hours, according to Factiva data. The semiconductor equipment maker increased its quarterly dividend to 40 cents a share from 32 cents. Based on Friday's closing price, the new payout represents an annual yield of 0.78%. Dow Jones & Co. owns Factiva. (josh.beckerman@wsj.com)

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