Tuesday, October 4, 2016

September 2016 Dividend Income Update

It's time for my September dividend update! This month I earned $402.96 which is a new record high for me! This was about 3.5% more than I made last quarter and a whopping 33% more than I earned last year! I'm pretty happy with that progress to say the least.

This month I did not make any purchases due to some car related expenses. This trend may continue going forward as I'm hesitant to keep adding money to an overvalued market. There are some good deals out there but very few. I may just build cash for a while or try investing in other areas like Lending Club, RealtyMogul, or Fundrise.

September Dividend Increases
  • None (I can't remember the last time I didn't get at least one increase, weird)
September Dividend Income
  • Walmart (WMT) - $43.50
  • Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) - $48.80
  • Unilever (UL) - $19.77
  • Exxon (XOM) - $51.00
  • Compass Minerals (CMP) - $22.24
  • Cullen & Frost (CFR) - $9.72
  • Avista (AVA) - $19.87
  • McDonalds (MCD) - $31.15
  • Flowers Foods (FLO) - $74.40
  • Travelers (TRV) - $8.04
  • Universal Health Trust (UHT) - $32.50
  • Pepsi (PEP) - $32.36
  • Powershares Muni Bond ETF (PZA) - $9.83
Total Dividends September 2016: - $402.96

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Down But Not Out !

It looks like I'm going to have to take a break from dividend investments this month unfortunately. Sometimes life throws you a curve ball and burdens us with unexpected expenses and this month was one such occasion for me.

I took my car up for an inspection so I could renew my license plate tags but my beloved 2002 Ford Focus hatchback failed miserably. I actually knew it was going to fail because the check engine light was on and I suspected a bad fuel pump from the code reader I tested it with. Well they did change the fuel pump but that didn't fix the issue so now we have to do more work. On top of that it failed a safety inspection because the rack and pinion was leaking from three spots. I replaced that as well. So now I'm down about $1700 and my car still needs work. Arrgh !

Anyway I don't think I will be making a purchase here for at least a few weeks as a result of my surprise expenses so it may be quiet around here. In the mean time I will still be watching out for good deals in the market and it looks like we may have more and more if the market keeps dropping.

If anyone wants to write a guest post in the mean time, hit me up at captaindividend@hotmail.com !

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

August 2016 Dividend Income Update

It's time for my August dividend update! This month I earned $290.14 which was a small step backwards compared to last quarter and even last year where I earned $309.01 for the month of August. The difference is due to my sale of Realty Income in July and even though my purchase of Abbott Labs (ABT) helped offset those losses it just wasn't enough to keep me over that $300 mark, but I'll be back over that in no time!

This month featured one purchase of Flowers Foods and 8 different companies as well as a bond fund payed me dividends this month.

August Purchases
August Dividend Increases
  • General Mills (GIS) - From .46 to .48 (+4.3%)  Note: This is the 2nd raise in two quarters!
  • Clorox (CLX) - From .77 to .80 (+3.8%)
August Dividend Income
  • AT&T (T) - $108
  • WGL Holdings (WGL) - $32.18
  • General Mills (GIS) - $37.44
  • Clorox (CLX) - $15.20
  • Peoples United Financial (PBCT) - $37.91
  • Proctor & Gamble (PG) - $22.76
  • Abbott Labs (ABT) - $7.02
  • Tompson Financial (TMP) - $19.80
  • Powershares Muni Bond ETF (PZA) - $9.83
Total Dividends August 2016: - $290.14

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Recent Buy - Flowers Foods (FLO)

I wanted to post an update since it's been a while since I've posted. Last week I had my eye on Flowers Foods again, and my timing couldn't have been worse. I purchased right before earnings were announced and the shares were punished afterwards as the company adjusted lower guidance than previously hoped. Compounding matters further was litigation news concerning the drivers which hammered the stock even further. I let the dust settle and made another purchase which brought my average price down quite a bit.

Flowers Foods is a company that has been around for decades and will be around for many more assuming they are not purchased by a larger food giant. I do not feel that the legal issues with the drivers will hurt FLO much even if they lose the judgments and they will come back stronger once they put this matter behind them.

Last week I purchased 157 more shares of the US baker Flowers Foods for a total of $2584.34 which is an average of $16.46/share.

Flowers Foods (NYSE: FLO), is a bakery which was opened by the Flowers family in 1919 and is now one of the largest producers of packaged bakery foods in the United States. FLO is the home for some of the largest brands in the business including Wonder, and Natures Own brands and is the second largest bread company in the US.

FLO Stock Chart

FLO Basic Stats
  • Ticker Symbol: FLO
  • Sector: Consumer Goods
  • Yield: 4.2%
  • Dividend Growth Streak: 10 years
  • Annualized Dividend Growth 3yr: 10.6%
  • Payout Ratio: 67%
  • P/E Ratio: 15.7 (forward)
  • Market cap:$3.15 Billion
  • Website: http://www.flowersfoods.com

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