Saturday, May 9, 2015

April 2015 Progress Report

Once again it is time for a goals/progress update. I am pleased to report that annualized dividend income increased in April, extending the streak to 58 consecutive months of increases after June 2010's decline.

Since I began publicly tracking my progress in November 2007, annualized dividend income has increased in 87 of the last 89 months.

Dividends Growth Stocks Portfolio

Dividend Changes:
During the month the following securities in my Dividend Growth Portfolio paid a higher dividend (a=dividend stated in annual terms, q=quarterly, m=monthly):

- Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KMB) $0.84q>$0.88q
- Genuine Parts Company (GPC) $0.575q>$0.615q
- The Coca-Cola Company (KO) $0.305q>$0.33q
- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) $0.48q>$0.49q
- Cincinnati Financial Corp. (CINF) $0.44q>$0.46q
- Piedmont Natural Gas Co. Inc. (PNY) $0.32q>$0.33q
- Realty Income Corporation (O) $0.189m>$0.1895m
- Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO) $0.19q>$0.21q
- Raytheon Company (RTN) $0.605q>$0.67q

For the year, the Dividend Growth Portfolio has recorded a 2.5% increase in dividend income from higher dividends. My goal for the year is a 5.0% increase. Yield on cost is currently 4.72%.

In April I liquidated my position in OXY at a loss.

Year-To-Date Annualized Portfolio Returns

- Dividend Growth Stocks: -1.5%
- High-Yeld: 0.1%
- High-Growth: 7.2%

That's it for this time. The next monthly progress update will be in early June.

Full Disclosure: Long, all the aforementioned securities, except OXY. See a list of all my Dividend Growth Stocks Portfolio holdings here.

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