Thursday, April 23, 2015

Recent Buy

A buy has been scheduled for April 27 of The Walt Disney Company (DIS) at the price of $107.80 adding 1.3820 shares to my total. This is part of my regular monthly contributions to try and build up my Disney shares over the long term. The price has jumped to $109 as of the close today which makes the price reasonable. The long term outlook looks really good for most Disney followers. Dividend growth, a split, and buybacks all may be in the future for shareholders.

About Walt Disney via E*Trade: The Walt Disney Company together with its subsidiaries and affiliates is a diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with five business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. Media Networks comprise an array of broadcast, cable, radio, publishing and digital businesses across two divisions the Disney/ABC Television Group and ESPN Inc. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts (WDP&R) is a provider of family travel and leisure experiences. The Walt Disney Studio brings movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Disney Consumer Products (DCP) delivers product experiences across thousands of categories from toys and apparel to books and fine art. Disney Interactive is a creator of interactive entertainment across all current and emerging digital media platforms.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

CSX Raises Dividend and more

CSX reported a good quarter and decided to raise the dividend and announce a buyback. This holding has been a nice steady contributor both with price slowly moving higher along with a growing dividend. They are building back up from their 3 for 1 split a few years ago. I am happy to own a little bit, but it may be beneficial to look at adding to my position to enjoy more of this news.

From the press release: The CSX of Directors has approved a 13% increase in its quarterly dividend to 18 cents a share, along with a new $2 billion buyback. The new dividend will be paid June 15 to shareholders of record as of May 29.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Market thoughts and 50,000 Pageviews

The stock market has been bouncing around during the first quarter from positive, to negative, and back to unchanged on the year. The volatility is likely to stay around most believe and may be a normal part of investing for the foreseeable future many believe. Traders usually either love or hate this kind of market depending on what side they fall on. There is no reason you cannot be successful at both, but long term dividend investors like many of us tend to ignore the market gurus. Just keep on doing what we need to do to achieve our goals and ambitions to make our way to freedom. There are a lot of interesting headlines and an upcoming election that may influence market direction. I am usually a bullish investor, but also like accumulating at cheaper prices if a correction does occur.

A few stocks to watch that are relatively cheap today I think would be CocaCola, BP, and XOM. I see no reason why these companies would have any trouble over the long term creating shareholder value through dividends and capital gains. The only problem I see potentially being hit out of those 3 names is BP being hurt by the oil price decline and all those fines from the Gulf spill. I still would be willing to put investment money into BP because they are gearing up for tough times and have the dividend as a priority.

I will continue to be investing in The Walt Disney Company stock on a monthly basis and hopefully accumulate a nice stake over time.

On another note my blog has hit 50,000 pageviews since I started it. I am happy and excited for the future posts and interactions with other bloggers and investors. I have been happy with this dividend blogging community and look forward to the rest of 2015 and beyond.

Disclosure: Long DIS, BP, KO, XOM

Thursday, April 2, 2015

March 2015 Dividend Update

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Time seems to be moving fast and I am looking forward to some warmer weather coming our way soon. Well here we are starting the second quarter of the year already. As for many March is usually one of the bigger dividend months for companies because companies like McDonalds, Boeing, ExxonMobil, and Kellogg pay. On top of those and many more Realty Income pays EVERY month. The process and plan seems to be more and more appealing as I watch that income hit all our accounts and enable further growth. School and work are both moving forward in the right direction and I am happy to be able to provide another update.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Recent Buy

I have not been doing much recently except trading a few options here and there. I was looking to get back into regularly buying solid stocks. I realized the opportunity to regularly accumulate more shares of Disney stock than what I already held in an ESPP since the end of 2009, but has now been transferred into a DSPP. The result of that will be monthly contributions of DIS stock which I received in both February and March 2015. Imagine if I was accumulating these shares for the last 5+ years from the cheap prices of those 2008 days. Here are the results of my investments:

Transactions show on March 2, 2015 I bought 1.4132 shares of The Walt Disney Company (DIS) at $105.41 per share.

Transactions show on March 23, 2015 I will have bought 1.4043 shares of The Walt Disney Company (DIS) at $106.08 per share.

Even though these prices are maybe 5 times what I have paid in the past I feel this is a great company for the long term. The annual dividend is not my favorite aspect, but the company just keeps on moving higher. I would like to acquire as many shares as I can and then if a split happens down the road and they move higher again I'll be a very happy shareholder. People will continue watching and buying their movies, merchandise, theme park tickets, and all the different wide range of activities their business participates in. Not even the recent downgrade by an analyst seems to stop the momentum.

What do you think about Disney at these price levels? Thanks for reading.

Photo Source: The Walt Disney Company: Press Release (Google Images)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

February 2015 Dividend Update

Now that we have 2 months of 2015 in the books it is time to update my dividends for February 2015. This is one of the favorite aspects for many of us when we can tally up our passive income. When it grows consistently we know we are going in the right direction month after month and year from year. Each day I like to believe the light of covering expenses with passive income is getting closer. I would definitely much rather work a job I enjoy than have to settle for ones I don’t exactly desire one day. I would like to thank everyone for their comments and support as you share your journeys and insights.

Monday, February 2, 2015

January 2015 Dividend Update and Goals

It is that time to report on the dividends received over the last month. The last couple years were exciting as we watched more dividend investors take the journey towards focusing on passive income. I personally look forward to many more years of great dividends. I accomplished the goal of paying my car off early and made some progress towards my BBA degree over the last year or so. I did not reach my goal of $2700 in dividends mainly because I could not afford to put too much capital to work and taking on school related debt. I will set the 2015 dividend goal of $2800. I would be really happy to hit $3K this year, but depending how things happen $2800 is a challenge as well. I decided to cut my hours at work nearly in half during the year last year. Another goal is to finish my Bachelor's degree by this year in December if possible.