Friday, January 30, 2015

Chevron is under appreciated

Chevron beats by $0.21, beats on revenue $CVX

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

ARLP coal fires utilities and income

Alliance Resource Partners declares $0.65 distribution $ARLP

Telephone T raises dividend.

Analysts eye AT&T dividend after in-line results $T, $DTV

Friday, January 23, 2015

Intel raises

Intel declares $0.24 dividend $INTC

Apple, Inc. AAPL Covered Call

Apple has become my Qualcomm.   Sell calls multiple times per year cash the dividend and call premium checks.

Last week I had my AAPL on call at a strike price of $110.  Call buyer did not take it.  The call expired as do so many of them.

Today I sold this call.   Love that income.

Good Income Investing, TheMoneyMadam

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

2015 Dividend Machine - SO

My theory of investing evolves around simplicity and that is because I found that my clients would get lost in the weeds of research before they could make a decision on which stock to buy.   In some ways, that was good news for me because if they could have done the research themselves they would not have needed an adviser.

Measuring how my stock picking criteria performed needed to be easy as well.   Easy for me to track and easy for you to understand.   This lead to my using the model portfolios as a way to measure how well the stocks I picked, using very limited criteria, performed.

Nothing is perfect and I picked some bummers, but over all, this simple technique has worked well as you can see by looking at the model portfolios.  If you are not familiar with my stock picking criteria, please see the Dividend Machine Criteria page.

Money to Invest from Covered Calls

This last week was call expiration for January.   Several of my calls were assigned.   That means that whoever bought my calls, also bought the stock.    I never understand call buyers, I am just happy they exist. Most call options expire.   But this week several were taken.

For instance, I had calls on Intel, symbol INTC, at $36.   INTC closed at $36.45 and the call buyer exercised their right to buy INTC from me at $36.   Right now this buyer is just breaking even and is either covering a short position and had to buy it, or is counting on INTC going up over time.   

INTC’s yield is bit weak for me at 2.49%.   Plus, INTC has not increased the dividend in 10 quarters.   I decided to put that money to work in a stock with a higher yield and better dividend growth.

Southern Companies (SO) Dividend Machine Fundamentals

Today, I am profiling a utility company, Southern Companies, symbol SO.   Utilities tend to perform like bonds and so are kind of expensive now.   But, I have never used stock price as one of the criteria I use to pick a stock.   Moreover, I have never used, factors such as what sectors are expensive or which are cheap to determine which stock to buy at a given time.

Southern Companies is a very good utility.   It pays 4.09% based on Friday’s closing price of $51.35.  Dividend increases have averaged 4% per year for the past 5 years.  D/E Ratio is 1.09 which is within industry standards.

See the table below to review SO’s Dividend Machine Fundamentals.

Consider SO as one of the stocks you use for income.


I want to remind you that I will use the closing price on Tuesday as the basis for tracking SO performance in the 2015 Dividend Machine Portfolio.  I do this when I profile a company before or after market hours.   When I profile a company during intraday trading, I will use the price the stock trades at when profiled.

Disclosure:  Long SO for a long time.

Friday, January 16, 2015

CAT - Looking interesting

Caterpillar is starting to look interesting.   Not a dividend machine because the yield is only 3.32%.   

This is one volatile stock but it has call options that can make money for those with ice in their veins.

Look at their dividend increases; averaging 20% a year for 9 years at least.    In January 2006 the quarterly dividend was $.25 and 9 years later it is $.70 and there was a lot of trouble in between.

Be not scared of stock price moves.   Pick you stocks carefully and buy them when they meet your income needs.    Consider CAT and this call.