1. Blakeslee Machinery announced this morning that their next annual dividend will be increased to $2.10 a share and that future dividends will be lowered by 2 percent per year. The stock price after the announcement settled at $16 a share. What is the firm's cost of equity?
2. Baxter Industries paid their annual dividend of $1.34 on their common stock. The company predicts that the dividend will increase by 3.5 percent each year indefinitely. What is the firm's cost of equity if the stock is selling for $43 a share?