Saturday, January 31, 2015

January Dividend Update

Febuary is almost here so it's time to report on my January dividend income!  January's dividend total was $238.88 which is up from the $213.12 that I made last quarter in October. I got a little help from WMT and PEP dividends slipping in to January instead of December.

In comparison, last years January's total was $184.27 which means my dividend's for the month have grown 29.6%. Not too shabby growth there, hopefully next January will see similar growth.

January 2015 Purchases
  • Exxon (XOM) - 14 shares @ $90.00
  • Unilever (UL) - 30 shares @ $39.33

January 2015 Dividend Increases
  • Sysco (SYY) - From .29 to .30 ( a 3.4% increase )
January 2015 Dividend Income
  • Walmart (WMT) - $16.32
  • Pepsi (PEP) -  $28.17
  • GlaksoSmithKline (GSK) - $14.10
  • Altria (MO) - $49.40
  • Piedmont Natural Gas (PNY) - $41.60
  • Realty Income (O) - $18.34
  • Kraft (KRFT) - $23.65
  • Sysco (SYY) - $19.80
  • Hatteras Financial (HTS) - $27.50

Total Dividends For January: - $238.88


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Recent Buy - Exxon (XOM)

Wow another purchase, that makes two this month after my Unilever buy. I had a standing order to purchase shares of XOM and it triggered my limit order the other day as the markets were tanking. I've had my eye on some energy stocks for some time as they have been taking a bit of a beating with oil dropping like a rock. I could have bought more Chevron as well but I'm fully invested in CVX right now. It is my largest holding and although I'd be averaging down I thought it might be a good idea to add some diversity and purchase Exxon instead.

I knew at the $90 mark XOM should be at a 3% yield and that's great for XOM which has an average 5 yr yield at 2.4% and has a 3yr dividend growth rate of 13.4% as well. Morningstar has set a $108 fair value target for Exxon. Exxon may continue to drop with oil so I may buy here and there if it falls. Stay tuned !

I purchased 14 shares of XOM at $90.00 for my initial position in the company.

Exxon Mobil Corporation is engaged in energy, involving exploration for, and production of, crude oil and natural gas, manufacture of petroleum products and transportation and sale of crude oil, natural gas and petroleum products.

Exxon Chart

Exxon Basic Statistics
  • Ticker Symbol: XOM
  • PE Ratio: 11.30 (14.2 forward p/e)
  • Yield: 3%
  • Dividend Growth: 32 years
  • Payout Ratio: 33%
  • Market cap: $380b
  • Beta: 1.08
  • Website:

Exxon Dividend Growth Chart

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Recent Buy - Unilever (UL)

It's that time again where I make my monthly stock purchase. This time around I chose Unilever (UL). I made my purchase on Monday morning when the markets were in a free fall after some oil companies were downgraded and this allowed me to get in under the $40 mark I was shooting for. I also had my eye on XOM but ultimately went with Unilever since I believe there will be continued weakness in oil through 2015 and I think I have time to get in a bit cheaper in the coming months.

I purchased 30 more shares of UL at $39.33 giving me a total of 56 shares now.

Unilever PLC is a supplier of fast moving consumer goods. Its four principal areas of operations are: Personal Care, Home Care, Foods and Refreshment. A top maker of packaged consumer goods worldwide, Unilever products are sold in more than 190 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, North America, and Western Europe. The company's offerings span several categories, including savory, dressings, and spreads; ice cream and beverages; personal care; and home care. Unilever's portfolio boasts a dozen brands that each ring up more than $1 billion annually. Best sellers include Hellmann's (mayonnaise), Knorr (soups), Lipton (tea), Dove and Lux (soaps), and Sunsilk (hair care). Unilever is the operating arm of Netherlands-based Unilever N.V. and UK-based Unilever PLC.

Unilever Chart

Unilever Basic Statistics
  • Ticker Symbol: UL
  • PE Ratio: 17.51
  • Yield: 3.82%
  • Payout Ratio: 61%
  • Market cap: $118b
  • Beta: 0.93
  • Website:

Unilever Dividend Growth Chart

Friday, January 2, 2015

December Dividend Update

It's time to report on my December dividend income!  This month my dividend total was $213.07 which is down from the $227.94 that I made last quarter in September. This was not due to anything sinister like a dividend cut but merely some of the dividends I was expecting have moved in to January. The two culprits were PEP and WMT which will pay on Jan 5th. This would have been a record month had they fell in December. Instead it looks like January will be a solid month. Can't wait.

In comparison, last years December total was $162.21 so even with a lower total than I was expecting I still managed to increase my total dividend income by over 31% which isn't too shabby.

December 2014 Purchases
  • GlaksoSmithKline (GSK) - 29 shares @ $42.39
  • AT&T (T) - 36 shares @ $35.6

December Dividend Increases
  •  McDonalds (MCD) - From .81 to .85 ( a 4.9% increase )
  • Universal Health Trust (UHT) - From .63 to .635 ( a 0.8% increase )

December 2014 Dividend Income
  • Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) - $11.90
  • Chevron (CVX) - $57.78
  • Lorillard (LO) - $17.22
  • Unilever (UL) - $9.33
  • Reality Income (O) - $18.31
  • Avista (AVA) - $18.42
  • McDonalds (MCD) - $29.75
  • Coca Cola (KO) - $18.61
  • Universal Health Trust (UHT) - $31.75

Total Dividends For December: - $213.07

Total Dividends for 2014: - $2505.48