Well, I don’t usually intend to update the Watchlist so frequently, but the market pullback on Friday and continuing losses seen today are forcing me to re-shuffle the deck and come up with a new gameplan. I’ve initiated new positions with Abbott Laboratories (ABT) and Air Products and Chemicals (APD) since the last update.
Here are some new companies that are now on my Watchlist, in addition to ABT, IBM, and APD:
McDonald’s (MCD): McDonald’s saw its share price drop 4.45% last Friday after earnings, as revenue was flat at $7.2 bilion, and net income declined 3%. MCD continued sliding a bit more today, down $0.27, and closed at $88.45. I don’t think much really needs to be said for this industry giant, but the stock is starting to become very attractive from a valuation standpoint. The P/E is now 16.7, and the yield is 3.48%. MCD recently announced an increase to the dividend, which is now $0.77/share. I would be interested in establishing a position at around $86-88 range.
Genuine Parts (GPC): Genuine Parts is down 1% as of closing today. GPC is another dividend aristocrat on my Wishlist, having increased dividends for 56 years in a row. The P/E is at 15.3, and yields 3.25%. Adding GPC would help add exposure to the automotive industry (50% of GPC sales), which is currently under-represented in the portfolio. I would be interested in adding shares at $56-$58 range.
Coca-Cola (KO): Coca-Cola is another dividend aristocrat on my Watchlist. I guess we found our theme for this rendition 😉 I last added shares back around February, before the split, and have been wanting to load up on more since. KO has had a nice run-up this year, but has been down about 3% in the past two weeks. KO isn’t a very volatile stock, so in some ways it is more difficult to buy this one on dips. Since this is a Core Holding of mine, I’m always on the lookout to add more shares. It would be nice to be able to add some as the yield approaches 3%, but this would require KO to trade at $34. I would be a buyer around $35-$36 range.
There appears to be a lot of good deals right now. The market looks to be in “correction” mode, which is only good news for us long-term, dividend investors. Hopefully this is just the start of the sell-off, as everyone likes a sale. Happy hunting and best of luck!