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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

13 Dividend Increases, July 20 To July 24, 2015

Includes: CCLP • ENLC • ETP • GLP • HEP • K • MWE • MXIM • NGL • NGLS • RSG • SWK • TRGP


    • Last week, 13 companies on my watch list of dividend growth stocks announced dividend increases. 
    • Several of these companies are MLPs that raise their dividends by smaller amounts every quarter. 
    • I monitor dividend increases for stocks in my portfolio to track yield on cost and to update projected annual dividend income.

    Sunday, July 26, 2015

    Recent Buy: Qualcomm Inc

    Jul 16, 2015: Bought 38 shares of QCOM at $64.43 per share.

    Founded in July 1985 and headquartered in San Diego, California, Qualcomm In (NASDAQ:QCOM) designs and manufactures innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on the company's CDMA digital technology. The company also licenses many of its 5,700+ patents and intellectual property to wireless equipment manufacturers.

    QCOM is a Dividend Contender with a track record of 13 consecutive years of dividend increases. It pays quarterly dividends of 48¢ per share in the months of March, June, September and December.

    The company is the Information Technology sector winner and 4th ranked stock in the July 2015 edition of my 10 Dividend Growth Stocks article series. My buy price of $64.43 results in an initial yield on cost (YoC) of 2.98%.

    Thursday, July 23, 2015

    My 3 Loyal Sons: How A Wacky Idea Inspired My Sons To Invest In Stocks

    Eighteen months ago, I gave my sons a different kind of Christmas present. I gave them seed money, provided they each open an account at Loyal3.com and commit to buying $30 in shares (of any stock that Loyal3 trades), every month, for 30 years. That's about a dollar a day and the equivalent they each spend on a data plan for their iPhones.

    To my delight, my sons accepted the terms and started investing in January 2014, each choosing one stock from those offered at Loyal3.

    At the end of last year, I turned the tables on my sons and asked them for a different kind of Christmas present. I asked them to e-mail me an update of their accounts and to do a little reflection on their first year as stock owners. I also wanted to nudge them into thinking about the next year and their future as investors.

    Monday, July 20, 2015

    6 Dividend Increases, July 13-17, 2015

    Includes: CMI • COP • KMI • OHI • SJM • UNM


    • I monitor dividend increases for stocks on my watch list of dividend growth stocks to identify candidates for further analysis and to make yield on cost adjustments for stocks I own.
    • This week, 6 companies on my watch list announced dividend increases, including 3 holdings in my DivGro portfolio. 
    • Companies that regularly increase dividends show confidence in future earnings growth potential. 

    Wednesday, July 15, 2015

    Baxter Spins-Off Baxalta

    On 1 July 2015, Baxter (BAX) spun-off Baxalta (BXLT) and distributed shares of BXLT to holders of BAX shares. Shareholders of BAX on record as of the close of business on 17 June 2015 received one share of BXLT for every share of BAX held.

    I bought 37 shares of BAX in December 2013 at a price of $67.71 per share. Consequently, I received 37 shares of BXLT as a result of the spin-off. With this addition, DivGro now contains 47 shares.

    I've decided to hold onto these BXLT shares rather than sell them. I like the financial objectives of both companies. BAX intends to accelerate profit growth over the next 5 years through geographic expansion and new product introduction. BXLT will focus on growth, led by personalized treatments for patients with rare diseases in hematology, immunology and oncology.

    Tuesday, July 14, 2015

    6 Dividend Increases, June 29-July 10, 2015

    Includes: DUK • GEL • PAA • R • WBA • WRK


    • In the past 2 weeks, 6 companies on my watch list of dividend growth stocks announced dividend increases.
    • I monitor dividend increases for stocks in my portfolio to track yield on cost and to update projected annual dividend income. 
    • Regular dividend increases indicate an expectation of future earnings growth. I use this process to identify candidates for further analysis.

    Sunday, July 12, 2015

    Overdue Dividend Increases

    David Fish maintains one of the best resources for dividend growth investors, the so-called CCC list. The list is updated monthly and contains all U.S.-listed stocks that have increased their dividends for at least 5 consecutive years. The acronym CCC stands for the 3 categories of stocks in the list, divided based on the number of consecutive years of increases: Dividend Champions (25 or more years), Dividend Contenders (10-24 years) and Dividend Challengers (5-9 years).

    In compiling the CCC list, Fish gets a chance to see which companies are approaching the anniversaries of their previous dividend increase announcements. Since many companies raise their dividends about the same time every year, he is alerted when dividend increases are not announced as expected.

    Friday, July 10, 2015

    10 Dividend Growth Stocks for July 2015

    Includes: ADM • CNQ • CNS • GPS • JNJ • MIC • OGE • QCOM • RS • TRV • TXN • VLO • VZ

    Every month I rank a selection of David Fish's CCC list to identify suitable dividend growth stocks for further analysis. The list contains all U.S.-listed stocks that have raised their dividends for at least 5 consecutive years. It is a wonderful resource worth checking out! The latest list (dated 6/30/15) contains 726 stocks.

    Ranking so many stocks would be a daunting task. To simplify things, I apply a series of filters to reduce the list to a more manageable number of stocks. I assign a star-rating to each stock out of a maximum 7 stars. The rating is based on the dividend discount model and fundamental analysis.

    I have an ongoing goal of balancing my DivGro portfolio across all 10 GICS (Global Industry Classification Standard) sectors, so I'm careful to retain a minimum number of stocks per sector. Later I present the 10 sector winners.

    Monday, July 6, 2015

    Quarterly Review, Q2-2015

    Unbelievably, we're at the midway point of 2015! Its time again for a quarterly review, my 10th since starting on this journey in January 2013. In this article, I'll give an overview of my investments and dividend income in Q2-2015 and I'll report on DivGro's recent performance.

    The second quarterly review each year is important, since it represents the halfway mark of goals you've set for the year. I have some fairly challenging goals for 2015 and I'll review my progress towards achieving them.

    In my previous quarterly review (Q1-2015), I mentioned reaching 200,000 page views on DivGro and 150,000 page views on Seeking Alpha. Well, I'm happy to say that those numbers are now 260,000 and 200,000, respectively. I'd like to thank all my readers for their continued support and engaging conversations... I've learned a tremendous amount from your comments and questions!

    Friday, July 3, 2015

    Added Real Estate Sector To My Watch List

    I maintain a dynamic watch list of dividend growth stocks and update it monthly when David Fish updates the CCC stocks. My watch list contains a subset of the CCC stocks, which I obtain by applying a series of filters to the CCC stocks. Included in the watch list are all my DivGro holdings, some of which are not in the CCC list.

    My watch list is organized by sector based on the GICS sector names. GICS is a 4-tiered, hierarchical classification system. It consists of 10 sectors, 24 industry groups, 67 industries, and 156 sub-industries. Each company is assigned a single GICS classification at the sub-industry level according to its principal business activity.

    Wednesday, July 1, 2015

    Monthly Review: June 2015

    This is my 30th monthly review post, which means DivGro is now 2.5 years old. What a journey it has been! Thanks to the interaction I've had with my readers (and fellow-minded bloggers), I've learned a lot about dividend growth investing – a big THANKS for that!

    When I started this blog, I wrote down some overall goals in my blog's About page, along with various strategies and stock selection criteria. It is interesting to look back at what I had written then, and to compare it with what I know now...

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