Thursday, May 21, 2015

Recent Buy

 

A buy has been scheduled to close on The Walt Disney Company (DIS) for 1.3491 shares on March 26, 2015 at the price of $110.42.

The stock just continues to outperform and boost my overall net worth. The future looks bright and I want to be a part of it. Cannot wait to see the upcoming couple years of stuff propel them even higher. Would not be opposed to a split and a repeat of the rally in the stock over time. I would also welcome a more frequent than just a once a year dividend if possible.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Technology and Finance

Many bloggers use a lot of cool apps and budgeting techniques with their gadgets these days. There are a few that I have tried and overall they worked pretty well. I do not really use any right now, but may go back to certain ones in the future. I have downloaded a lot of apps that I deleted only to not use due to storage and also safety concerns. I don't like when there is a 25 page disclaimer ridding the app of any reliability for mishaps.

With that said, I have personally used the AMEX credit card app, the Fidelity investments app for my retirement account. The one app I still use most would probably be my seeking alpha one to read articles on a wide range of securities. I've used, but minimally traded on the E*TRADE app.

An iphone app that I really enjoyed and worked well while I had it was Dividend Predictor by moneypeeps. You can put in your whole number of shares of each stock and it will tally up about what you monthly dividend amount will be, goes down to each day, and also a yearly total and total portfolio yield to account balance.

Anyone else try these apps? Do you use any cool apps to track your investments?

Monday, May 4, 2015

April 2015 Dividend Update


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April is over and this semester of classes is picking up with homework, tests, papers, and quizzes. Trying to do my best to balance work, school, and all the costs. Stocks performed well again in April for the most part. Disney has been going up consistently as I add more shares. Marathon Petroleum announced a split which should help my rather small position I have in my Roth IRA.

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.