Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Weekly Sharebuilder Purchases

Here are my automatic investments for this week.  S&P 500:  1982

  • BBL:  5.38 shares @ $55.61 --- Yield  4.46%
  • GM:  9.34 shares @ $32.02 --- Yield  3.75%
  • GE:  11.66 shares @ $25.64 --- Yield  3.43%
  • XOM:  3.16 shares @ $94.64 --- Yield 2.92%

Total capital invested is $1200 ($300 in each company).  The combined yield on this week's purchases is 3.64% an will add $43.53 to my yearly dividends.

Stocks on my radar for next week include the four listed above as well as PEP, CVX, MCD, and BP.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Stock Purchase: MAT

Today I added another company to my portfolio.

  • MAT:  165 shares @ $30.45 --- Yield  4.99% (Initial position, somewhat speculative)

Total capital invested is $5024.25 and this will add $250.80 to my yearly dividends.


$100/week Challenge --- Week 23  S&P 500  1971

I will add some capital tomorrow to my Sharebuilder account, but it will be much lower than usual as this purchase will be the bulk of my investments for this week.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Weekly Sharebuilder Purchases

Here are my automatic investments for this week.

  • ESV:  11.40 shares @ $43.76 --- Yield  6.86%
  • BBL:  8.75 shares @ $57.06 --- Yield  4.35%
  • MCD:  5.32 shares @ $93.78 --- Yield  3.63%
  • GM:  14.97 shares @ $33.34 --- Yield  3.60%
  • BAX:  6.94 shares @ $71.91 --- Yield  2.89%
  • XOM:  5.16 shares @ $96.65 --- Yield  2.86%

Total capital invested is $3000 ($500 in each company).  The combined yield on these purchases is 4.03% and will raise my yearly dividends by $120.87.


100/week Challenge---Week 22   S&P 500:  1989

MCD and BBL are close to reaching full positions.  I am slightly overweight in ESV and have been adding more shares on continued weakness.  BAX and XOM have come down quite a bit in the last month and look good around 3% yield.  GM still looks solid and I think it is undervalued in the low 30's.

Stocks on my radar for next week include MCD, XOM, CVX, BBL, GM, GE, KO, HCP, and CAT.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

McDonald's raises dividend 4.94%---New yield is 3.64%

I am happy to report another dividend raise today.  This time McDonald's raised its quarterly dividend 4.94% from $.81 to $.85.  Since I currently own 49.34 shares, this will increase my yearly dividends by $7.89.

Microsoft raises dividend 10.71%---New yield is 2.66%

Yesterday Microsoft (MSFT) raised its quarterly dividend 10.71% from $.28 to $.31.  The ex-dividend date is November 18th and the pay date is December 11th.  Since I currently own 150 shares this raise will increase my yearly dividends by $18.00.  Last September I received $34.00 from MSFT then it raised its dividend 21.74% and I received $42.00 during the last four quarters.  Starting in December I will be receiving $46.50.  I have not dripped or added to my position during this time. This is a perfect illustration of the power of dividend growth and I am glad to own shares of this fine company.

Microsoft has been a top performer within the DJIA trailing only Intel for the year.  This is a bit reminiscent of 1999.  Hopefully Microsoft will continue to deliver value for shareholders by continuing the yearly dividend increases.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Weekly Sharebuilder Purchases

Here are my automatic investments for this week.

  • PM:  7.09 shares @ $84.45 --- Yield  4.74%
  • BBL:  10.07 shares @ $59.56 --- Yield  4.16%
  • MCD:  6.40 shares @ $93.54 --- Yield  3.46%
  • KO:  14.48 shares @ $41.44 --- Yield  2.94%
  • XOM:  6.18 shares @  $97.16 --- Yield  2.84%  (Initial position)

Total capital invested is $3000 ($600 in each company).  The combined yield on this week's purchases is 3.63% and will add $108.84 to my yearly dividends. 


$100/week Challenge---Week 21   S&P 500:  1996

BBL continues to drift lower and really looks good over 4% yield.  I wanted to buy shares of MO, but it keeps surging so I opted to add to my PM position.  MCD is getting close to a full position and should receive a nice dividend raise in the next couple of weeks.  To balance out the high yielders I added some more shares of KO and started a new position in XOM.  I plan on adding more to XOM until it gets close to equal weight with CVX and ultimately with BP. 

Note:  Several months back I mentioned that I wanted to reach $14,500 in forward dividends by the end of the year.  At the time I was tracking for maybe $12,800, so I needed to really ramp up purchases.  I am currently tracking $14,500 but I must continue increasing each week by at least $100.00.

I have been working six days a week, 10-11 hours a day for the past year.  I checked the math and I just realized that I will spend over 300 days this year at the office.  Hopefully the sacrifice will continue to pay...well you know....dividends.



Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Philip Morris raises dividend 6.4%---New Yield is 4.77%

Today Philip Morris (PM) raised its quarterly dividend 6.4% from $.94 to $1.00 per share.  This makes the new yield 4.77% as of yesterday's close. The ex-dividend date is September 23rd and the pay date is October 10th. Since I own 108.49 shares my yearly dividends will increase by $26.04.