Oh boy, my favorite time of year is coming! I can’t believe that it’s almost Thanksgiving already. This means that Black Friday will soon be upon us, which will bring forth so many good deals, as we kick off the holiday shopping season! I’ve been patiently saving up my paycheck in anticipation, so I’m really hoping to score some awesome deals this year.
My plan is to wake up early so that I can insure I make it to the front of the line by 6:30 AM sharp. I don’t want to miss out on those doorbuster deals!
Here’s what’s on my shopping list. I’m crossing my fingers, hoping these items will be on sale come Friday morning:
VOD, based in the United Kingdom, is one of the largest telecommunications companies. It operates networks in over 30 countries, and owns a 45% stake in Verizon Wireless. VOD recently announced a dividend increase from $0.473573 (February 2012) to $0.509276 (due in February 2013). VOD pays out dividends twice a year. Usually, the smaller distribution gets paid in February, and the larger one gets delivered in August.
Further, Verizon Wireless recently announced that it would distribute an aggregate of $8.5 billion to its owners, Verizon Communications (VZ) and VOD. In the recent earnings report, VOD announced that it would use the Verizon Wireless distribution for share buybacks.
At this time, VOD has not announced whether or not a special dividend will be paid in 2013. Last year, a special dividend of $0.62108 was confirmed in November 2011, with the payout reaching shareholders earlier this year, in February 2012. In the 2012 payout, the special dividend arrived at the same time as the regular dividend.
The dividend yield for VOD is spectacular, even without factoring in the special dividend. My cost basis for VOD is $26.81/share. I am a buyer at these levels, and hope VOD can remain below $26. I am crossing my fingers that it will hover below $25 by the time Black Friday arrives.
Recently, the IEA released a report stating that the US is aiming to achieve oil independence by 2035. The article states, the U.S. intends to “becomes all but self sufficient in net terms by 2035 thanks to rising production of oil, shale gas and bioenergy, and improved fuel efficiency in transport”.
The U.S. currently imports about 20% of its energy needs. To reach these lofty goals will require a lot of things to go right, namely a vast increase in production to meet the growing demand. The United States already consumes 6.87 billion barrels (18.83 million barrels per day) of refined petroleum/biofuel products.
My play on the potential future oil boom is to invest in a rising star in the upstream business. Linn Energy (LINE) is the oil and natural gas company I’m taking to the dance, and I will do so my investing in LNCO! I got in at over $39/share the first time around, so would love to add more shares at the current level. If it can stay below $36, I will back the truck up… as much as I can anyway 😉
Kinder Morgan Inc. (KMI)
KMI is a favorite amongst us dividend growth investors, and for good reason! Richard Kinder runs the ship, and his companies have a reputation for being shareholder friendly. KMI has made a promise to investors to increase dividends at 12.5% annually until 2015, and over 10% long-term.
Also, to continue on the previous point, if the U.S. is successful in its pursuit of achieving energy independence, it will definitely need a toll road to transport the goods. That’s where KMI comes in with its 75,000 miles of pipelines. With its recent acquisition of El Paso Corp, KMI should be up to challenge. I’m a buyer at the current share price.
McDonald’s needs no introduction. It’s stores are ubiquitous across the globe. The recent bad news regarding the first decline in same-store sales in over 9 years, is really no news at all. If reports like these are really enough to cause the shares to plummet, then I am all for it!
For long term investors, this “bad news” will simply represent a great opportunity that presented itself. Will anyone even remember this event by this time next year? How about in 10-20 years?
To get a clear picture, simply plot MCD’s stock performance over the past 15 years. You’ll see MCD survived two devastating macro-scale events – the dot-com bubble, and the financial debt crisis. MCD didn’t skip a beat. In fact, while other companies were going bankrupt, it’s shares continued to soar! I’m a buyer at the current share price, but will wait to see if the shares can test the sub $80 level. With so many other bargains out there at this time, I have the luxury of being patient with this one.
What’s on your shopping list this Black Friday?