The Wall Street Journal reports, in the latest sign of the government’s gradual retreat from financial-crisis-related programs, the Treasury Department is expected to announce Monday that taxpayers reaped a billion profit on mortgage bonds purchased at the height of the meltdown. The profit is the Treasury’s biggest for any program tied to the 2008-2009 crisis. The government last week sold the last of the bonds, winding down Treasury’s ownership of debt backed by the federally backed mortgage investors Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Treasury spent 5 billion on purchases over 16 months before it began selling the securities last year. Officials said the effort shows the government can unwind a rescue program without roiling markets. How asset prices might respond to the eventual curtailment of government support has been a tense subject for investors in recent years. The Wall Street Journal also reports, Apple said today, it would pay a dividend to shareholders and buy back up to billion in stock, heeding calls for the technology heavyweight, to deploy its massive cash pile. Apple, expects to initiate a quarterly dividend of .65 a share sometime in the fourth quarter. Additionally, Apple’s board authorized a 10 billion dollar share repurchase, beginning on Sept. 30th. The repurchase program is expected to be executed over three years. As of the end of December, Apple’s cash, cash equivalents and short-term and long-term marketable securities, totaled roughly

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