Saturday, November 29, 2014

November Dividend Update

It's time to report on my November dividend income and I'm pleased to announce that this is a new record month for me!  This months total was $239.56 which is a 4.9% increase over the $227.68 I earned last quarter. It was also a 19% improvement over last year in November. Can't wait till next month !

   Looking forward here to my next purchase, I haven't settled on what I'm going to buy quite yet. I know a lot of my fellow bloggers have been scooping up energy stocks after the OPEC decision came through. I may follow in their footsteps. I actually thought I was quite overweight on energy stocks but I never actually crunched the numbers to see for sure. It turns out energy is around 13% of my portfolio so I think I can still squeeze in some more purchases while there's a 'fire sale' in the sector. Right now I'm focused on a few stocks including IBM, GSK, CVX and BBL. What do you guys think ?

November 2014 Purchases
  • General Mills (GIS) - 23 shares @ $50.89
November Dividend Increases
  •  Kinder Morgan (KMI) - From .43 to .44 ( a 2.3% increase )
November 2014 Dividend Income
  • AT&T (T) - $45.08
  • General Mills (GIS) - $22.55
  • WGL Holdings (WGL) - $29.04
  • Clorox (CLX) - $14.06
  • Tompkins Financial (TMP) - $10.92
  • Reality Income (O) - $18.31
  • Proctor & Gamble (PG) - $21.88
  • Peoples United Financial (PBCT) - $36.80
  • Kinder Morgan (KMI) - $40.92

Total Dividends For November: - $239.56

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Recent Buy - General Mills (GIS)

Wow, it seems like I just bought Unilever and here I am again purchasing another consumer giant General Mills (GIS). General Mills really needs no introduction if your like me and grew up eating Cheerios and Trix cereal. While I enjoy their cereals in the morning I really love their dividend more. Sporting a juicy dividend that's over 3% and impressive dividend growth over the past 10 years making it a dividend champion. GIS has a payout ratio around 60% which leaves some room for growth and the PE ratio is a bit over 19 but forward PE is 16.80 which is more inline with it's peers.

I purchased 23 shares of GIS at $50.89

General Mills, Inc. is an American Fortune 500 corporation, primarily concerned with food products and headquartered in the Minneapolis suburb of Golden Valley, Minnesota. The company markets many well-known North American brands, such as Betty Crocker, Yoplait, Colombo, Totino's, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Old El Paso, Häagen-Dazs, Cheerios, Trix, and Lucky Charms. Its brand portfolio includes more than 89 other leading U.S. brands and numerous category leaders around the world.

GIS Stock Chart

GIS Basic Statistics

GIS Dividend Growth

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

October Dividend Update

It's time to report on my October dividend income. October along with Jan, Apr and July have always been my smallest months in terms of dividend income and this quarter is no different, however I made some purchases that would bring these months up a bit closer to my other months. Those two were Coke Cola (KO) and Piedmont Natural Gas (PNY) and they helped me bust through the $200 mark with ease. This months total was $213.12 which is quite a bit up from the $179.34 last quarter. This was partially due to Walmart's dividend falling in June rather than July. It's still a nice improvement over what would have been a sub $200 month even if Walmart's dividend fell in July. This was at 45% improvement over last year in October. Can't wait till next month !

October 2014 Purchases

  • Unilever (UL) - 26 shares @ $39.09

October 2014 Dividend Income
  • Coke Cola (KO) - $18.61
  • Glasko Smith Kline (GSK) - $14.91
  • Altria (MO) - $49.40
  • Piedmont natural Gas (PNY) - $41.60
  • Realty Income (O) - $18.31
  • Hatteras Financial Company (HTS) - $27.50
  • Sysco (SYY) - $19.14
  • Kraft (KRFT) - $23.65

Total Dividends For October: - $213.12