Well, it’s been over a month since I last purchased a stock, so I guess you can say I’m starting to get a little antsy. I am still committed to building the dividend portfolio, but unfortunately, the market hasn’t dipped, or pulled back as much as I would have anticipated. The Fiscal Cliff seems to almost have come and gone without moving the needle even the slightest bit. Luckily, there’s still one more week to go until the end of the year, so maybe we’ll have better luck as we come down to the wire?
Here are the stocks I will be looking to purchase this upcoming week:
Vodafone (VOD): I’ve been watching VOD probably since November, following closely after the presidential election. VOD tested below $25 in early November, but surprisingly, even though the market has picked up since then, VOD still remains attractively priced at $25.13. I came very close to pulling the trigger on some VOD this past Friday, so if it stays around the current level, or can dip below $25, I will definitely look to add. I currently own about 52 shares.
Apple (AAPL): Shares of AAPL have taken investors on a rollercoaster ride for quite some time now. Since touching $700 back in September, AAPL has dipped to as low as $525, before surging back up to $590, only to see its shares dip to under $530 again. AAPL is currently trading at $519.33. In general, I like AAPL because it represents a blend of capital appreciation with dividend growth potential.
Of course, there are better paying (and growing) dividend stocks out there. However, at the moment, AAPL is very attractively priced. There are also rumors that AAPL may eventually split, and become a full-fledged dividend growth stock. With so much money in the bank, it’s also difficult to imagine AAPL going away anytime soon. The market for ipads and iphones may be close to saturating in a few years, but AAPL still has room to grow. A deal with China Mobile still hasn’t been reached, and next year should finally mark the year that iTV launches. And Apple fanboys are extremely loyal, so AAPL should remain a cash cow for the foreseeable future. Intel (INTC) used to be a growth stock, and has since transitioned into a high-tech favorite within the dividend growth community. Perhaps the same will hold true for AAPL in the future?
LinnCO (LNCO): LinnCO is another company that I have been following since November. I currently own about 64 shares and would like to add some more. I really like LNCO around $35.50, but missed the opportunity last time around, since I didn’t have sufficient funds in my account. LNCO rebounded to $38.70 in early December, so it’s nice to see that it has pulled back slightly since then. If it drops to below $36.50, I will be tempted to buy.
Southern Company (SO): At present, I still only own one utility company, Exelon (EXC). EXC has not been performing well this year, and I nearly swapped it out of my portfolio last month. Which company would I have exchanged it for? The Southern Company. SO has a reputation for being one of the best run utility companies in the States. Further, the stock price has fallen greatly since the early run-up during the first part of the year. At one point, shares of SO reached $48.59. SO tested the $42 level back in November, and I was tempted to add then. It is currently trading at $43.32. If it can drop below $43, I will feel inclined to add some shares.
AT&T (T): The last stock on my watchlist is a company that has a reputation for being one of the top income generating stocks on Wall Street, AT&T. By now, everyone knows that the dividend growth rate of T has been abysmal in recent years, with quarterly payouts only being raised about $0.01 each year. Further, the competition in the telecom space is intense, with Verizon Wireless also holding significant market share.
So, why invest in T? T is a dividend aristocrat, for starters, having consistently raised its dividend for 28 consecutive years. So, it’s clear that he company is committed to the dividend. It’s also a large cap, with significant market share. Since I already have shares of VOD, which allows me to invest in Verizon Wireless, adding T would allow me to further diversify between telecom companies.
The 5.35% yield is also enticing. T pays such a high yield, that even if it continues growing its dividend at it’s low 5 year 4.8% growth rate, it’s yield-on-cost (YOC) would still be superior, until Year 10, than that of Johnson and Johnson (JNJ), which has a 5 year dividend growth rate of 9.4%. The current share price is $33.67. I would look to add at $33.00, or below.
As a whole, I think the market is still somewhat pricey. But, there are still some deals to be found. The whole Fiscal Cliff scare hasn’t created the market sell-off event that I was dreaming about, but perhaps things will get more interesting as we head into the final week.
At present moment, it doesn’t appear that a Fiscal Cliff deal will be imminent soon. As such, I am anticipating a market dip sometime early next week that will provide a good opportunity to do some last minute buying as we near the end of the year.
If this pullback doesn’t occur, then I’ll still stick to my strategy of adding solid companies to the portfolio on a regular basis. I do anticipate making one last purchase this year, regardless of what happens. However, I’m also keeping the bulk of my funds in cash right now. I still believe that another sell-off event is in the works… if not this upcoming week, then sometime in January, perhaps? December has been a somewhat boring month, so I’m hoping for some more excitement in early 2013 😉
What stocks are you currently watching? Are you anticipating any more moves between now and the end of the year?