Saturday, August 1, 2015

ITC Holdings Corp. (ITC) Stock Analysis

I’m incredibly fortunate to be in a position where I’m able to consistently buy stock in high-quality companies that have track records of reliably and regularly paying and growing dividends.
And I’m taking maximum advantage of that fortunate position by once more deploying capital and buying shares in a fantastic business.
This most recent purchase is a bit unique for me.
And that’s mainly because it’s a utility, an industry I’m not all that enamored with or exposed to – this is just the third utility in the portfolio, although ONE Gas Inc. (OGS) is a very small (almost non-existent) position that’s only there because it was spun off from ONEOK, Inc. (OKE) last year.

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Recent Purchase of Caterpillar (CAT)

I continue to remain aggressive hunting down the best deals on high-quality stocks I can possibly find and deploying capital when those sales present themselves.
It appears another sale presented itself. So I deployed some capital. What else would you expect, right?
The stock I’m going to discuss today is available at one of the best values that’s been offered on it over the last few years. It also sports the highest yield it’s possibly ever had outside the financial crisis. It’s a cyclical stock, but I see a long-term opportunity here.
I purchased 15 shares of Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) on 7/9/15 for $81.53 per share.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Union Pacific Corporation (UNP)

Union Pacific Corporation (UNP), through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, operates railroads in the United States. Union Pacific Corporation is a dividend achiever, which has raised dividends for 10 years in a row.

The most recent dividend increase was in February 2015, when the Board of Directors approved a 10% increase in the quarterly dividend to 55 cents/share.

The company’s largest competitors include CSX Corporation (CSX), Norfolk Southern Corporation (NSC), and Burlington Northern Santa Fe which is part of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK/B).

Over the past decade this dividend growth stock has delivered an annualized total return of 23% to its shareholders. Future returns will likely be much lower, and will be dependent on growth in earnings and starting dividend yields obtained by shareholders. Investors should also not forget that the transportation sector is exposed to the cyclical nature of the economy, and would follow its short-term cycles pretty well.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Recent Buy – Qualcomm Inc

Whenever I make a purchase, I like to share my buys to document and illustrate how I am building my income stream over the course of months/years. My main goal is simply to keep investing at regular intervals and build my passive income over the course of time. In a sort of ways, I am building my own pension, hoping to get to a point where I can simply live off my dividends without touching my principal investment. The current volatility in the market provides an opportunity to pick up shares at attractive valuations which have been hard to find in the past. I decided to put some of my cash to work.

I added to my position in Qualcomm Inc (QCOM) with 20 shares @ $62.00. The stock yields 3.09% adding $38.40 to my annual dividend income.

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