January is turning out to be quite the month for purchases! I said I would probably invest more this month, but who knew I would invest this much. I currently have a good bit of savings ready to invest and instead of earning 1% in a bank account I thought I would invest some. Sticking with the theme of trying to add a little yield to the portfolio with reasonable valuations, I bought Microsoft, Chevron and Kinder Morgan which combined give me an average of around 3.75% yield. I see myself waiting for more of a broad market pullback before investing more, but who knows, January is only half over...
I purchased 43 shares of Microsoft (MSFT) at 46.45. This purchase adds $53.32 of annual dividends to my account.
I now own 121.365 shares of Microsoft and I consider this position full for the time being. I bought MSFT because I believe they will have a great upcoming quarter/year. My tech savvy friends really like the Microsoft Surface, the XBOX seems to have had good sales this holiday season, they are rolling out Windows 10 soon and on a smaller note, they just received a contract to supply TGIFridays with 8 inch tablets. This works in 2 ways: make money from TGIF and also the advertising from customers who may ask the servers if they like it. I see this as a new avenue for growth. Also, I bought Microsoft before the ex-dividend date so I will not miss any of their payouts this year. The portfolio will be updated to reflect this purchase.
Market Cap: 383B
Dividend Growth Rate (3yr): ~15%
Payout Ratio: 47%
Years of Dividend Growth: 11 years
I purchased 49 shares of Kinder Morgan Inc (KMI) at 40.75. This purchase adds $86.24 of annual dividends to my account.
I now own 96.597 shares of Kinder Morgan and I consider this position close to being full for the time being. I bought KMI because I believe in management and their goal of raising dividends by around 10% per year for the next 5 years. This will help turbo charge the dividends hitting my account over that time period. Now that they have consolidated their operations there is potential savings that could help expand their income and help propel the company even further. They are the biggest pipeline company in the US and even with oil reaching new lows, companies are still producing massive amounts of oil which benefits KMI. I bought Kinder Morgan before the ex-dividend date so I will not miss any of their payouts this year. The portfolio will be updated to reflect this purchase.
Market Cap: 87B
Dividend Growth Rate (3yr): ~14%
Years of Dividend Growth: 4 years
I purchased 20 shares of Chevron Corporation (CVX) at 103.50. This purchase adds $85.60 of annual dividends to my account.
I now own 20 shares of Chevron as this was a new position. If oil continues to slide and CVX falls to around $90, I will consider purchasing more of this company. I bought CVX because it a globally diversified producer of oil and nat gas. I believe that CVX is the next best company to Exxon (XOM) with oil being as low as it is. This is because they have a very large interest in natural gas and they have refining capability. Both of which is should help hedge the company because natural gas has not fallen quite like oil and when oil is low, usually refining does well. I thought of buying COP but they recently got rid of their refining business. In the future, CVX could spin off the refining business like COP did and could unlock shareholder value. I bought Chevron before the ex-dividend date so I will not miss any of their payouts this year. The portfolio will be updated to reflect this purchase.
From Google Finance: Chevron Corporation (Chevron) manages its investments in subsidiaries and affiliates and provides administrative, financial, management and technology support to the United States and international subsidiaries that engage in fully integrated petroleum operations, chemicals operations, mining activities, power generation and energy services. Upstream operations consist primarily of exploring for, developing and producing crude oil and natural gas; processing, transportation and regasification associated with liquefied natural gas; transporting crude oil by international oil export pipelines; transporting, storage and marketing of natural gas, and a gas-to-liquids project. Downstream operations consist primarily of refining crude oil into petroleum products; transporting crude oil and refined products by pipeline, marine vessel, motor equipment and rail car, and manufacturing and marketing of commodity petrochemicals, plastics for industrial uses and fuel and lubricant additives.
Market Cap: 197B
Dividend Growth Rate (3yr): ~10%
Payout Ratio: 43%
Years of Dividend Growth: 29 years
So there you have it, a few more building blocks on the path to the American Dividend Dream! These purchases add $225.16 in dividends to my total that now stands at roughly $3467.00. My dividend income is starting to look pretty good for this upcoming year! What do you think, good purchases, bad purchases? What are you looking to buy next?