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One of my sources of passive income is cash back from my credit cards. I presently own the Citi Double Cash back credit card which has 2.0% cash back on all purchases. The biggest expense in my monthly budget is mortgage payment (principal + interest + property taxes). Unfortunately, it is not possible to pay mortgage using a credit card.





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I finally got some interest income from my money market account. I was a little lax with investing in Q2 and as such ended up accumulating cash positions. I got $343.73 in dividends in my taxable account. This is an all-time high for any quarter. My previous best was 2017 Q4 with $228.07. This record is even better considering I achieved it in Q2. I am pretty much guaranteed to beat this record again in Q4 (dividend heavy for ETFs).

This is only my second quarter where I received dividends from my retirement account (IRA). I received $25.84 in dividends in my Roth IRA.

In terms of diversification, international ETF (VXUS) lead the way and contributed 42.22% of the dividends. VXUS tends to pay high dividends in Q2 and Q3. The US dividends are spread equally between my value fund and S&P 500 fund. High yield fund is slowly moving up and I am hoping to see it make a larger contribution in the future quarters.

All together I received $369.57 in dividends in 2018 Q2.


Dividend Growth
One of the important reasons for the strong growth has been volatility. I have been able to scoop some of the ETFs at lower prices. A lower price gets more units and thus improves my overall dividends. So, heading into Q3 I hope the volatility sticks around. My dividends of $369.57 represent a healthy 176.11% increase from my 2017 Q2 dividends.

Dividend Increases (Organic)
Typically there is at least one ETF which pays a lower dividend than the previous year. But, this time around there was dividend increase across the board. My S&P 500 ETF lead the way with a 14.65% increase in dividends. High yield ETF was the lowest at 5.41%. On an average I had a 9.95% increase (organic) in dividends. As a comparison the inflation rate is about 2.8%. So, my organic dividend increases have helped me surmount inflation barrier.

Portfolio
One area of concern has been my international ETFs. 2017 was a spectacular year for my international ETFs. However, with the persistent worries about trade wars and rising interesting rates bot the emerging and developed market stocks have been decimated. It provides me opportunities to buy more, but has also caused my portfolio to drop. This affects my overall progress towards FI. My porfolio has an ER of 0.0697% and generates $1,162.52 in (forward) dividends. I am at 6.97% of my financial independence goal.

Passive Income (2018)
2018 has been a great year for passive income. Dividends are but one source of my passive income. In addition I generate additional income through Vitality, credit card (cash back), Swagbucks, TopCashBack and raise. I categorize my (Roth) IRA dividends as a separate source as I do not have immediate access to it. As of June 2018, I received $1,335.24 in passive income. Side hustles lead the way and accounts for 54.40% of my passive income.

That's it folks. Q2 was an amazing quarter for me. How is Q2 shaping up for you?

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One way to identify dividend growth stocks is to look for dividend increases. Companies that pay rising dividends are likely to be financially healthy, generate consistent cash flow and regular dividend. I am interested in stocks with at least ten consecutive years of increasing annual dividend payments (Dividend Achievers). Here is a list of US companies that increased their dividends this week.


Kroger Company (The) (KR)

Industry: Retail - Defensive
Sector: Consumer Defensive

The Kroger Co operates grocery stores. Its coverage includes retail food and drug stores, multi-department stores, jewelry stores and convenience stores.

The Kroger Co. has declared quarterly dividend of $0.1400 (+12.0000% increase). It goes ex-dividend on 08-14-2018 and is payable on 09-01-2018. The Kroger Co. has 9 years of consecutive dividend increase.

Price$28.43
Market Cap$22.63 billion
Annualized Dividend$0.5
Yield1.759%
EPS(TTM)$1.99
Payout Ratio25.126%
50-day moving average$25.387
200-day moving average$24.693
P/E Ratio14.3
52 week range$19.69 - $31.454

2-Year Dividend History
DeclaredDateEx-DividendDateRecordDatePayableDateQualifiedAmount
2018-01-192018-02-142018-02-152018-03-01$0.125
2017-09-142017-11-142017-11-152017-12-01$0.125
2017-06-222017-08-112017-08-152017-09-01Q$0.125
2017-03-092017-05-112017-05-152017-06-01Q$0.12
2017-01-132017-02-132017-02-152017-03-01Q$0.12
2016-09-152016-11-102016-11-152016-12-01Q$0.12
2016-06-232016-08-112016-08-152016-09-01Q$0.12
2016-03-102016-05-112016-05-132016-06-01Q$0.105

Peer Comparison
TickerNameDividendYieldEPS (TTM)P/EP/BPrice/SalesPayout Ratio
KRKroger Company (The)$0.51.759%$1.9914.33.330.18625.126%
IMKTAIngles Markets Incorporated Class A Common Stock$0.662.072%$4.217.551.150.15715.677%
WMTWalmart Inc.$2.082.423%$4.3519.693.390.51247.816%
SFMSprouts Farmers Market Inc.$00%$1.1818.74.530.6090.0%





Lindsay Corporation (LNN)

Industry: Farm & Construction Machinery
Sector: Industrials

Lindsay Corp designs, manufactures, and sells irrigation systems used in the agricultural industry. It also provides proprietary water management and road infrastructure products and services. The firm has Irrigation and Infrastructure reportable systems.

Lindsay Corporation has declared quarterly dividend of $0.3100 (+3.3330% increase). It goes ex-dividend on 08-16-2018 and is payable on 08-31-2018. Lindsay Corporation has 15 years of consecutive dividend increase.

Price$98.21
Market Cap$1.056 billion
Annualized Dividend$1.24
Yield1.263%
EPS(TTM)$2.38
Payout Ratio52.101%
50-day moving average$95.709
200-day moving average$91.378
P/E Ratio40.75
52 week range$83.565 - $103.03

2-Year Dividend History
DeclaredDateEx-DividendDateRecordDatePayableDateQualifiedAmount
2017-12-082018-02-132018-02-142018-02-28$0.3
2017-10-122017-11-152017-11-162017-11-30$0.3
2017-07-172017-08-152017-08-172017-08-31Q$0.3
2017-04-282017-05-152017-05-172017-05-31Q$0.29
2016-12-022017-02-102017-02-142017-02-28Q$0.29
2016-09-232016-11-142016-11-162016-11-30Q$0.29
2016-07-212016-08-152016-08-172016-08-31Q$0.29
2016-05-022016-05-132016-05-172016-05-31Q$0.28

Peer Comparison
TickerNameDividendYieldEPS (TTM)P/EP/BPrice/SalesPayout Ratio
LNNLindsay Corporation$1.241.263%$2.3840.753.722.62452.101%
ARTWArt's-Way Manufacturing Co. Inc.$00%$0N/A0.780.705N/A
ALGAlamo Group Inc.$0.440.495%$4.7319.12.251.1239.302%
AGCOAGCO Corporation$0.60.992%$3.3917.911.560.54917.699%
DEDeere & Company$2.761.98%$7.3419.054.341.38237.602%
TTCToro Company (The)$0.81.334%$2.4824.2910.032.46132.258%





Worthington Industries Inc. (WOR)

Industry: Steel
Sector: Basic Materials

Worthington Industries Inc is metals manufacturing company. Its products are pressure cylinders for liquefied petroleum gas, compressed natural gas, oxygen, cylinders, helium-filled balloon kits, steel and fiberglass tanks and processing equipment.

Worthington Industries, Inc. has declared quarterly dividend of $0.2300 (+9.5240% increase). It goes ex-dividend on 09-13-2018 and is payable on 09-28-2018. Worthington Industries, Inc. has 7 years of consecutive dividend increase.

Price$42.91
Market Cap$2.602 billion
Annualized Dividend$0.92
Yield2.144%
EPS(TTM)$2.9
Payout Ratio31.724%
50-day moving average$46.675
200-day moving average$44.912
P/E Ratio14.47
52 week range$39.52 - $53.27

2-Year Dividend History
DeclaredDateEx-DividendDateRecordDatePayableDateQualifiedAmount
2017-09-272017-12-142017-12-152017-12-29$0.21
2017-06-282017-09-142017-09-152017-09-29Q$0.21
2017-06-282017-09-122017-09-132017-09-29Q$0.21
2017-03-292017-06-132017-06-152017-06-29Q$0.2
2016-12-202017-03-132017-03-152017-03-29Q$0.2
2016-09-282016-12-132016-12-152016-12-29Q$0.2
2016-06-292016-09-132016-09-152016-09-29Q$0.2
2016-03-232016-06-132016-06-152016-06-29Q$0.19

Peer Comparison
TickerNameDividendYieldEPS (TTM)P/EP/BPrice/SalesPayout Ratio
WORWorthington Industries Inc.$0.922.144%$2.914.472.941.09331.724%
SCHNSchnitzer Steel Industries Inc.$0.752.174%$2.1915.391.480.41734.247%
STLDSteel Dynamics Inc.$0.751.634%$2.7916.473.111.10426.882%
AKSAK Steel Holding Corporation$00%$0.2418.081.780.2210.0%
RSReliance Steel & Aluminum Co. (DE)$22.278%$6.2214.071.350.63832.154%
CRSCarpenter Technology Corporation$0.721.371%$1.6631.671.781.19343.373%
CMCCommercial Metals Company$0.482.264%$0.9621.991.710.52150.0%
HSCHarsco Corporation$00%$0.8426.319.521.1480.0%
NUENucor Corporation$1.522.424%$3.6117.312.230.94842.105%
XUnited States Steel Corporation$0.20.577%$3.0711.321.770.4816.515%
AAAlcoa Corporation$00%$3.1514.881.590.7060.0%







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This post is a follow up to my earlier article on the top dividend ETFs for beginners. In this post I will be showcasing the top Canadian dividend ETFs. I have always been a fan of passive investing and dividend ETFs fit in very well with my strategy. I use dividend ETFs to diversify my portfolio and top it off with a few dividend aristocrats.

It is important to discuss performance of an ETF in the context of benchmark. For this article I will be using iShares Core S&P/TSX Capped Composite Index ETF (XIC) as my bench mark.





Ticker Holdings MER P/E Dividend Yield CAGR Best Year Worst Year Finance Energy Inception
XIC 247 0.06% 15.64 Q 2.48% 7.12% 2009 (34.54%) 2008 (-33.34%) 33.55% 19.38% 2001
CDZ 80 0.66% 15.82 M 3.74% 5.79% 2009 (38.44%) 2008 (-29.97%) 22.27% 24.44% 2006
XDV 30 0.55% 12.39 M 4.01% 5.57% 2009 (37.45%) 2008 (-31.15%) 58.70% 5.68% 2006
VDY 65 0.22% 14.60 M 3.84% 8.37% 2016 (26.55%) 2015 (-10.54%) 67.60% 17.30% 2012
XDIV 21 0.11% 15.66 M N/A 7.53% N/A N/A 54.74% 19.71% 2017
XEI 75 0.20% 16.30 M 4.73% 5.79% 2016(28.11%) 2015 (-14.57%) 29.66% 30.12% 2012
DXM 30 0.60% 16.44 Q 4.09% 4.94% 2016 (20.32%) 2015 (-15.44%) 25.30% 24.14% 2012
PDC 45 0.55% 15.50 M 5.09% 8.53% 2016 (23.37%) 2015 (-8.76%) 31.07% 31.22% 2012
ZDV 51 0.39% 15.90 M 4.42% 5.29% 2016 (24.83%) 2015 (-13.34%) 35.22% 20.21% 2012

iShares Core S&P/TSX Capped Composite Index ETF (XIC)

iShares Core S&P/TSX Capped Composite Index ETF provides a low cost exposure to the entire Canadian stock market. Since its inception XIC has average annualized return of 6.47%. $10,000 invested in March 2001 would be worth $30,917 today with a CAGR of 7.12%. Biggest decline in value was between June 2008 – February 2009 (-43.58%). The average (yearly) dividend increase is 24.65% (6 times) and the average (yearly) dividend decrease is 26.05% (4 times). Overall XIC has an average increase of 4.37%. In terms of sector diversification, this ETF is predominantly invested in Financials & Energy sector.

iShares S&P/TSX Canadian Dividend Aristocrats Index ETF (CDZ)

iShares S&P/TSX Canadian Dividend Aristocrats Index ETF provides a low cost exposure to Canadian companies that increased cash dividends every year for at least five consecutive years. Since its inception CDZ has average annualized return of 6.18%. $10,000 invested in October 2006 would be worth $19,015 today with a CAGR of 5.79%. Biggest decline in value was between November 2007 – February 2009 (-43.85%). The average (yearly) dividend increase is 47.36% (5 times) and the average (yearly) dividend decrease is 20.39% (5 times). Overall CDZ has an average annual dividend increase of 13.48% and a TTM yield of 3.74%.


iShares Canadian Select Dividend Index ETF (XDV)

iShares Canadian Select Dividend Index ETF provides a low cost exposure to 30 of the highest yielding Canadian companies. Since its inception XDV has average annualized return of 5.71%. $10,000 invested in January 2006 would be worth $19,599 today with a CAGR of 5.57%. Biggest decline in value was between November 2007 – February 2009 (-43.56%). The average (yearly) dividend increase is 20.04% (5 times) and the average (yearly) dividend decrease is 10.44% (5 times). Overall XDV has an average dividend increase of 4.80% and a TTM yield of 4.01%.


FTSE Canadian High Dividend Yield Index ETF (VDY)

FTSE Canadian High Dividend Yield Index ETF provides a low cost exposure to stocks that are characterized by higher than-average dividend yields. Since its inception VDY has average annualized return of 8.66%. $10,000 invested in December 2012 would be worth $15,456 today with a CAGR of 8.37%. Biggest decline in value was between September 2014 – February 2016 (-17.47%). VDY is a relatively young fund and as such its dividend history is not sufficient for analysis. Overall VDY has an average dividend increase of 18.99% and a TTM yield of 3.84%.


BMO Canadian Dividend ETF (ZDV)

BMO Canadian Dividend ETF provides exposure to yield weighted portfolio of 51 dividend paying stocks. Since its inception ZDV has average annualized return of 6.24%. $10,000 invested in February 2012 would be worth $13,224 today with a CAGR of 5.29%. Biggest decline in value was between September 2014 – February 2016 (-19.33%). The average (yearly) dividend increase is 19.51% (2 times) and the average (yearly) dividend decrease is 5.07% (3 times). Overall ZDV has an average dividend increase of 0.86% and a TTM yield of 4.42%.


iShares Core MSCI Canadian Quality Dividend Index ETF (XDIV)

iShares Core MSCI Canadian Quality Dividend Index ETF provides a low cost exposure to stocks with strong overall financials, including solid balance sheets and less volatile earnings. XDIV is a relatively new fund and there is insufficient data to compute CAGR or yearly dividend increase. As of today XDIV has C$0.411 in distributions in 2017. Between July 2017 and May 2018 it has a CAGR of -7.53%. XDIV pays monthly dividends. With only 21 positions this ETF has low sector diversification a very high exposure to financials.


iShares Core S&P/TSX Composite High Dividend Index ETF (XEI)

iShares Core S&P/TSX Composite High Dividend Index ETF provides exposure to 50 to 75 stocks selected from the S&P/TSX Composite index with a focus on dividends. Since its inception XEI has average annualized return of 5.27%. $10,000 invested in February 2012 would be worth $13,566 today with a CAGR of 5.79%. Biggest decline in value was between September 2014 – December 2015 (-21.73%). The average (yearly) dividend increase is 45.83% (3 times) and the average (yearly) dividend decrease is 15.36% (3 times). Overall XEI has an average dividend increase of 18.28% and a TTM yield of 4.73%.


First Asset Morningstar Canada Dividend Target 30 Index ETF (DXM)

First Asset Morningstar Canada Dividend Target 30 Index ETF provides exposure to 30 of the most fundamentally sound dividend paying stocks in Canada by replicating, to the extent possible, the Morningstar Canada Target Dividend Index. DXM takes into account the following factors Expected dividend yield (33.33%), Cash flow/debt (20%), 5-year normal EPS growth (13.33%) Return on equity (20%) and 3-month EPS estimate revision (13.33%). Since its inception DXM has average annualized return of 3.97%. $10,000 invested in March 2012 would be worth $12,984 today with a CAGR of 4.94%. Biggest decline in value was between September 2014 – December 2015 (-23.40%). The average (yearly) dividend increase is 17.76% (4 times) and the average (yearly) dividend decrease is 27.85% (1 time). Overall DXM has an average dividend increase of 10.80% and a TTM yield of 4.09%.


PowerShares Canadian Dividend Index ETF (PDC)

iShares Core S&P/TSX Capped Composite Index ETF provides a low cost exposure to Canadian stocks that exhibit a history of increasing dividend payments (at least five consecutive years of increasing annual regular dividends). Since its inception PDC has average annualized return of 8.36%. $10,000 invested in March 2012 would be worth $15,577 today with a CAGR of 8.53%. Biggest decline in value was between May 2015 – December 2015 (-11.42%). The average (yearly) dividend increase is 36.72% (2 times) and the average (yearly) dividend decrease is -42.28% (once). Overall PDC has an average increase of 10.39% and a TTM yield of 5.09%.

For obvious reasons I would like to classify the ETFs into two categories i.e. ETFs that were started before great recession and ETFs that were started after the great recession.

In the first category there are three funds namely XIC, CDZ and XDV. In terms of performance during 2008-09 CDZ stands out. It had the lowest drop in value (2008) and the largest increase in value (2009). Additionally, CDZ is a lot more diversified with financial and Energy sector at around ~ 25%. In terms of compounded annual growth rate XIC performs better at 7.12%. A maximum drawdown (MDD) is the maximum loss from a peak to a trough of a portfolio, before a new peak is attained. It focuses on capital preservation, which is a key concern for most investors. MDD for all of the three ETFs was around ~ -44%. However, XIC recovered the earliest i.e. in 245 days. CDZ and XDV took almost twice the time (458 days). Finally, in terms of annual dividend increases CDZ is again the winner. In addition CDZ holds companies that increased cash dividends every year for at least five consecutive years. This provides an additional quality tilt. My vote is for CDZ.

In the second category there are five funds namely DXM, PDC, VDY, XEI and ZDIV. In terms of best and worst performance spread, VDY has the best performance. It’s closely followed by PDC. MDD for the ETFs range from -11% to -23%, PDC has the lowest MDD of -11.23%. In addition, PDC had the lowest MDD time frame of 214 days. Couple this with a solid dividend yield 5.09% and CAGR of 8.53%, PDC is the best choice by far. Finally, PDC does not have an extreme tilt towards financial sector.


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One way to identify dividend growth stocks is to look for dividend increases. Companies that pay rising dividends are likely to be financially healthy, generate consistent cash flow and regular dividend. I am interested in stocks with at least ten consecutive years of increasing annual dividend payments (Dividend Achievers). Here is a list of US companies that increased their dividends this week.


FedEx Corporation (FDX)

Industry: Transportation & Logistics
Sector: Industrials

FedEx Corp is the world's largest express courier delivery firm. The company provides courier services through various divisions which include express, ground, office, freight, cross border, trade networks and supply chain.

FedEx Corporation has declared quarterly dividend of $0.6500 (+30.0000% increase). It goes ex-dividend on 06-22-2018 and is payable on 07-09-2018. FedEx Corporation has 8 years of consecutive dividend increase.

Price$263.48
Market Cap$70.406 billion
Annualized Dividend$2.6
Yield0.987%
EPS(TTM)$11.91
Payout Ratio21.83%
50-day moving average$249.082
200-day moving average$239.333
P/E Ratio22.21
52 week range$203.131 - $274.66

2-Year Dividend History
DeclaredDateEx-DividendDateRecordDatePayableDateQualifiedAmount
2018-02-162018-03-092018-03-122018-04-02$0.5
2017-11-172017-12-082017-12-112018-01-02$0.5
2017-08-182017-09-082017-09-112017-10-02Q$0.5
2017-06-122017-06-202017-06-222017-07-06Q$0.5
2017-02-172017-03-092017-03-132017-04-03Q$0.4
2016-11-182016-12-082016-12-122017-01-03Q$0.4
2016-08-192016-09-082016-09-122016-10-03Q$0.4
2016-06-062016-06-142016-06-162016-07-01Q$0.4

Peer Comparison
TickerNameDividendYieldEPS (TTM)P/EP/BPrice/SalesPayout Ratio
FDXFedEx Corporation$2.60.987%$11.9122.213.721.4621.83%
AIRTAir T Inc.$00%$0N/A2.90.492N/A
EXPDExpeditors International of Washington Inc.$0.91.172%$2.7328.166.831.86932.967%
CHRWC.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc.$1.842.035%$3.6324.828.510.82250.689%
ATSGAir Transport Services Group Inc$00%$1.0822.443.421.3510.0%
UPSUnited Parcel Service Inc.$3.643.106%$6.2518.6875.221.49458.24%





Ingersoll-Rand plc (Ireland) (IR)

Industry: Industrial Products
Sector: Industrials

Ingersoll-Rand PLC is a diversified company. It provides products, services and solutions to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings, transport and protect food and perishables, and increase industrial productivity and efficiency.

Ingersoll-Rand plc has declared quarterly dividend of $0.5300 (+17.7780% increase). It goes ex-dividend on 09-06-2018 and is payable on 09-28-2018. Ingersoll-Rand plc has 7 years of consecutive dividend increase.

Price$91.91
Market Cap$22.79 billion
Annualized Dividend$2.12
Yield2.307%
EPS(TTM)$4.65
Payout Ratio45.591%
50-day moving average$87.072
200-day moving average$87.448
P/E Ratio19.82
52 week range$79.63 - $97.67

2-Year Dividend History
DeclaredDateEx-DividendDateRecordDatePayableDateQualifiedAmount
2018-02-072018-03-082018-03-092018-03-30$0.45
2017-10-032017-12-072017-12-082017-12-29$0.45
2017-08-042017-09-072017-09-082017-09-29$0.45
2017-04-052017-06-072017-06-092017-06-30$0.4
2017-02-082017-03-082017-03-102017-03-31$0.4
2016-10-062016-12-072016-12-092016-12-30$0.4
2016-08-052016-09-072016-09-092016-09-30$0.32
2016-04-062016-06-082016-06-102016-06-30$0.32

Peer Comparison
TickerNameDividendYieldEPS (TTM)P/EP/BPrice/SalesPayout Ratio
IRIngersoll-Rand plc (Ireland)$2.122.307%$4.6519.823.191.5545.591%
AAONAAON Inc.$0.320.965%$0.8439.647.164.19438.095%
FLSFlowserve Corporation$0.761.83%$1.3630.013.231.46455.882%
LIILennox International Inc.$2.561.21%$8.1725.87168.552.21631.334%
DOVDover Corporation$1.882.472%$4.4917.112.711.51641.871%
PHParker-Hannifin Corporation$3.041.768%$8.7119.623.91.63734.902%
SPXCSPX Corporation$00%$1.8420.034.841.1230.0%
CUOContinental Materials Corporation$00%$0N/A0.570.178N/A





Caterpillar Inc. (CAT)

Industry: Farm & Construction Machinery
Sector: Industrials

Caterpillar Inc caters to the farming industry in the United States. It manufactures construction & mining equipment, diesel & natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives.

Caterpillar Inc. has declared quarterly dividend of $0.8600 (+10.2560% increase). It goes ex-dividend on 07-19-2018 and is payable on 08-20-2018. Caterpillar Inc. has 8 years of consecutive dividend increase.

Price$153.14
Market Cap$91.57 billion
Annualized Dividend$3.44
Yield2.246%
EPS(TTM)$8.42
Payout Ratio40.855%
50-day moving average$151.549
200-day moving average$144.748
P/E Ratio17.82
52 week range$102.305 - $173.24

2-Year Dividend History
DeclaredDateEx-DividendDateRecordDatePayableDateQualifiedAmount
2017-12-132018-01-192018-01-222018-02-20$0.78
2017-10-112017-10-202017-10-232017-11-20$0.78
2017-06-142017-07-182017-07-202017-08-19Q$0.78
2017-04-122017-04-202017-04-242017-05-20Q$0.77
2016-12-142017-01-182017-01-202017-02-18Q$0.77
2016-10-122016-10-202016-10-242016-11-19Q$0.77
2016-06-082016-07-182016-07-202016-08-20Q$0.77
2016-04-132016-04-212016-04-252016-05-20Q$0.77

Peer Comparison
TickerNameDividendYieldEPS (TTM)P/EP/BPrice/SalesPayout Ratio
CATCaterpillar Inc.$3.442.246%$8.4217.826.081.90740.855%
ASTEAstec Industries Inc.$0.40.665%$1.7933.791.971.16922.346%
CMICummins Inc.$4.323.045%$11.5712.373.151.0937.338%
DEDeere & Company$2.761.838%$7.3420.274.781.52837.602%
GEGeneral Electric Company$0.483.519%$113.32.160.97548.0%
CNHICNH Industrial N.V.$0.141.197%$0.5819.863.960.70224.138%





Target Corporation (TGT)

Industry: Retail - Defensive
Sector: Consumer Defensive

Target Corp is one of the largest department store retailer in North America. It is engaged in operating general merchandise discount stores.

Target Corporation has declared quarterly dividend of $0.6400 (+3.2260% increase). It goes ex-dividend on 08-14-2018 and is payable on 09-10-2018. Target Corporation has 50 years of consecutive dividend increase.

Price$77.22
Market Cap$41.169 billion
Annualized Dividend$2.56
Yield3.315%
EPS(TTM)$4.93
Payout Ratio51.927%
50-day moving average$72.857
200-day moving average$66.259
P/E Ratio15.67
52 week range$48.56 - $79.59

2-Year Dividend History
DeclaredDateEx-DividendDateRecordDatePayableDateQualifiedAmount
2018-01-112018-02-202018-02-212018-03-10$0.62
2017-09-212017-11-142017-11-152017-12-10$0.62
2017-06-142017-08-142017-08-162017-09-10Q$0.62
2017-03-092017-05-152017-05-172017-06-10Q$0.6
2017-01-122017-02-132017-02-152017-03-10Q$0.6
2016-09-212016-11-142016-11-162016-12-10Q$0.6
2016-06-082016-08-152016-08-172016-09-10Q$0.6
2016-03-102016-05-162016-05-182016-06-10Q$0.56

Peer Comparison
TickerNameDividendYieldEPS (TTM)P/EP/BPrice/SalesPayout Ratio
TGTTarget Corporation$2.563.315%$4.9315.673.730.57451.927%
TUESTuesday Morning Corp.$00%$-0.82-3.540.70.133N/A
COSTCostco Wholesale Corporation$2.281.112%$6.0134.57.370.65637.937%
FREDFred's Inc.$00%$-0.62-3.180.360.051N/A
SHLDSears Holdings Corporation$00%$0N/A33.390.019N/A
DLTRDollar Tree Inc.$00%$3.922.572.840.9290.0%
KSSKohl's Corporation$2.443.33%$3.8519.222.360.65963.377%
WMTWalmart Inc.$2.082.482%$4.3519.243.280.49547.816%
MMacy's Inc$1.514.02%$2.9712.892.020.46550.842%
DGDollar General Corporation$1.161.204%$4.4921.684.151.07925.835%





Universal Health Realty Income Trust (UHT)

Industry: REITs
Sector: Real Estate

Universal Health Realty Income Trust is a health-care REIT. It holds interest in various property portfolios including hospitals, medical office buildings, and child-care centers. It operates its business in the United States.

Universal Health Realty Income Trust has declared quarterly dividend of $0.6700 (+0.7520% increase). It goes ex-dividend on 06-22-2018 and is payable on 07-03-2018. Universal Health Realty Income Trust has 32 years of consecutive dividend increase.

Price$63.3
Market Cap$0.869 billion
Annualized Dividend$2.68
Yield4.234%
EPS(TTM)$0
Payout RatioN/A
50-day moving average$60.972
200-day moving average$66.538
P/E RatioN/A
52 week range$53.001 - $84.9

2-Year Dividend History
DeclaredDateEx-DividendDateRecordDatePayableDateQualifiedAmount
2017-12-062017-12-152017-12-182017-12-29$0.665
2017-09-072017-09-152017-09-182017-09-29N$0.66
2017-06-072017-06-152017-06-192017-06-30N$0.66
2017-03-092017-03-162017-03-202017-03-31N$0.655
2016-12-012016-12-142016-12-162016-12-30N$0.655
2016-09-082016-09-152016-09-192016-09-30N$0.65
2016-06-092016-06-162016-06-202016-06-30N$0.65
2016-03-032016-03-142016-03-162016-03-31N$0.645





W.P. Carey Inc. REIT (WPC)

Industry: REITs
Sector: Real Estate

W.P. Carey Inc operates as a self-managed diversified real estate investment trust. The company owns and manages commercial real estate, leased to companies on a long-term basis.

W. P. Carey Inc. has declared quarterly dividend of $1.0200 (+0.4930% increase). It goes ex-dividend on 06-28-2018 and is payable on 07-16-2018. W. P. Carey Inc. has 17 years of consecutive dividend increase.

Price$66.97
Market Cap$7.179 billion
Annualized Dividend$4.06
Yield6.062%
EPS(TTM)$5.34
Payout Ratio76.03%
50-day moving average$64.532
200-day moving average$64.421
P/E Ratio12.55
52 week range$59.23 - $72.41

2-Year Dividend History
DeclaredDateEx-DividendDateRecordDatePayableDateQualifiedAmount
2017-12-062017-12-282017-12-292018-01-16$1.01
2016-12-072017-12-272017-12-302017-01-13N$0.99
2017-09-202017-09-292017-10-022017-10-16$1.005
2017-06-162017-06-282017-06-302017-07-14$1
2017-03-162017-03-292017-03-312017-04-17$0.995
2016-12-072016-12-282016-12-302017-01-13$0.99
2016-09-222016-09-292016-10-032016-10-14N$0.985
2016-06-162016-06-282016-06-302016-07-15N$0.98
2016-03-212016-03-292016-03-312016-04-15N$0.9742

Peer Comparison
TickerNameDividendYieldEPS (TTM)P/EP/BPrice/SalesPayout Ratio
WPCW.P. Carey Inc. REIT$4.066.062%$5.3412.552.248.53976.03%
SLGSL Green Realty Corporation$3.253.322%$6.5315.211.356.09849.77%
HPPHudson Pacific Properties Inc.$12.836%$1.9517.951.517.51451.282%
CBRECBRE Group Inc Class A$00%$0N/A3.741.343N/A
PGREParamount Group Inc.$0.42.651%$0.916.760.875.01944.444%







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One way to identify dividend growth stocks is to look for dividend increases. Companies that pay rising dividends are likely to be financially healthy, generate consistent cash flow and regular dividend. I am interested in stocks with at least ten consecutive years of increasing annual dividend payments (Dividend Achievers). Here is a list of US companies that increased their dividends this week.


Helmerich & Payne Inc. (HP)

Industry: Oil & Gas - Drilling
Sector: Energy

Helmerich & Payne Inc is engaged in contract drilling of oil and gas wells for oil and gas exploration and production companies. Its business comprises of three reportable segments, U.S. Land, Offshore and International Land.

Helmerich & Payne, Inc. has declared quarterly dividend of $0.7100 (+1.4290% increase). It goes ex-dividend on 08-16-2018 and is payable on 08-31-2018. Helmerich & Payne, Inc. has 45 years of consecutive dividend increase.

Price$66.61
Market Cap$7.253 billion
Annualized Dividend$2.84
Yield4.264%
EPS(TTM)$-0.8
Payout Ratio-355.0%
50-day moving average$68.684
200-day moving average$60.395
P/E Ratio-81.72
52 week range$42.16 - $75.02

2-Year Dividend History
DeclaredDateEx-DividendDateRecordDatePayableDateQualifiedAmount
2017-12-052018-02-092018-02-122018-03-01$0.7
2017-09-062017-11-102017-11-132017-12-01$0.7
2017-06-072017-08-162017-08-182017-09-01Q$0.7
2017-03-012017-05-172017-05-192017-06-01Q$0.7
2016-12-062017-02-092017-02-132017-03-01Q$0.7
2016-09-072016-11-082016-11-112016-12-01Q$0.7
2016-06-012016-08-112016-08-152016-09-01Q$0.7
2016-03-022016-05-112016-05-132016-06-01Q$0.6875





Philip Morris International Inc (PM)

Industry: Tobacco Products
Sector: Consumer Defensive

Philip Morris International Inc is a holding company. It manufactures and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products in markets outside the United States of America.

Philip Morris International Inc. has declared quarterly dividend of $1.1400 (+6.5420% increase). It goes ex-dividend on 06-21-2018 and is payable on 07-11-2018. Philip Morris International Inc. has 10 years of consecutive dividend increase.

Price$77.39
Market Cap$120.301 billion
Annualized Dividend$4.28
Yield5.53%
EPS(TTM)$4.72
Payout Ratio90.678%
50-day moving average$86.864
200-day moving average$100.854
P/E Ratio16.83
52 week range$76.21 - $123.55

2-Year Dividend History
DeclaredDateEx-DividendDateRecordDatePayableDateQualifiedAmount
2017-12-072017-12-202017-12-212018-01-11$1.07
2017-09-132017-09-262017-09-272017-10-12Q$1.07
2017-06-092017-06-212017-06-232017-07-11Q$1.04
2017-03-092017-03-212017-03-232017-04-11Q$1.04
2016-12-072016-12-202016-12-222017-01-10Q$1.04
2016-09-142016-09-262016-09-282016-10-13Q$1.04
2016-06-092016-06-212016-06-232016-07-11Q$1.02
2016-03-102016-03-222016-03-252016-04-11Q$1.02

Peer Comparison
TickerNameDividendYieldEPS (TTM)P/EP/BPrice/SalesPayout Ratio
PMPhilip Morris International Inc$4.285.53%$4.7216.831318.71.49490.678%
BTIBritish American Tobacco Industries p.l.c. ADR$2.7175.561%$0N/A1.370.056N/A
VGRVector Group Ltd.$1.68.226%$0.5337.2898.911.435301.887%
MOAltria Group Inc.$2.84.939%$3.6115.996.974.17877.562%
XXII22nd Century Group Inc.$00%$-0.06-37.673.5413.593N/A





UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (DE) (UNH)

Industry: Health Care Plans
Sector: Healthcare

UnitedHealth Group Inc is a diversified health care company in the United States. It designs products, provides services and applies technologies that improve access to health and well-being services, and make health care more affordable.

UnitedHealth Group Inc. has declared quarterly dividend of $0.9000 (+20.0000% increase). It goes ex-dividend on 06-15-2018 and is payable on 06-26-2018. UnitedHealth Group Inc. has 8 years of consecutive dividend increase.

Price$248.98
Market Cap$238.948 billion
Annualized Dividend$3.6
Yield1.448%
EPS(TTM)$10.75
Payout Ratio33.488%
50-day moving average$235.439
200-day moving average$219.736
P/E Ratio23.32
52 week range$176.42 - $250.79

2-Year Dividend History
DeclaredDateEx-DividendDateRecordDatePayableDateQualifiedAmount
2018-02-142018-03-082018-03-092018-03-20$0.75
2017-11-082017-11-302017-12-012017-12-12$0.75
2017-08-162017-09-072017-09-082017-09-19Q$0.75
2017-06-072017-06-152017-06-192017-06-27Q$0.75
2017-02-092017-03-082017-03-102017-03-21Q$0.625
2016-11-092016-11-302016-12-022016-12-13Q$0.625
2016-08-032016-09-072016-09-092016-09-20Q$0.625
2016-06-082016-06-152016-06-172016-06-28Q$0.625

Peer Comparison
TickerNameDividendYieldEPS (TTM)P/EP/BPrice/SalesPayout Ratio
UNHUnitedHealth Group Incorporated (DE)$3.61.448%$10.7523.3251.15733.488%
CICigna Corporation$0.040.023%$11.7915.083.040.9990.339%
HUMHumana Inc.$20.675%$12.324.224.030.74916.26%
AETAetna Inc.$21.113%$10.3117.543.590.96519.399%
CNCCentene Corporation$00%$6.0819.713.260.490.0%
ANTMAnthem Inc.$31.307%$12.7217.952.150.64423.585%
XLVSPDR Select Sector Fund - Health Care$1.2131.437%$0N/A3.82N/AN/A





Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc. (ARE)

Industry: REITs
Sector: Real Estate

Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc is an urban office REIT engaged in life science and technology campuses through ownership, operation, management and selective redevelopment and development of properties in office/laboratory space.

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. has declared quarterly dividend of $0.9300 (+3.3330% increase). It goes ex-dividend on 06-28-2018 and is payable on 07-16-2018. Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. has 7 years of consecutive dividend increase.

Price$126.34
Market Cap$13.011 billion
Annualized Dividend$3.72
Yield2.944%
EPS(TTM)$6.16
Payout Ratio60.39%
50-day moving average$124.472
200-day moving average$122.955
P/E Ratio20.65
52 week range$114 - $134.37

2-Year Dividend History
DeclaredDateEx-DividendDateRecordDatePayableDateQualifiedAmount
2017-12-042017-12-282017-12-292018-01-15$0.9
2017-09-062017-09-282017-09-292017-10-16$0.86
2017-06-052017-06-282017-06-302017-07-17$0.86
2017-03-062017-03-292017-03-312017-04-17$0.83
2016-12-052016-12-282016-12-302017-01-17$0.83
2016-09-062016-09-282016-09-302016-10-17N$0.8
2016-06-062016-06-282016-06-302016-07-15N$0.8
2016-03-072016-03-292016-03-312016-04-15N$0.8

Peer Comparison
TickerNameDividendYieldEPS (TTM)P/EP/BPrice/SalesPayout Ratio
AREAlexandria Real Estate Equities Inc.$3.722.944%$6.1620.652.1310.30160.39%
ROICRetail Opportunity Investments Corp.$0.784.209%$1.1615.921.737.48967.241%
VNOVornado Realty Trust$2.523.509%$3.7619.043.946.30567.021%
CHSPChesapeake Lodging Trust of Beneficial Interest$1.64.938%$2.214.631.893.32772.727%
DOCPhysicians Realty Trust of Beneficial Interest$0.926.195%$1.0314.431.18.66689.32%







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As the title suggests this article is primarily catering to new dividend investors. Having decided to go the dividend investing route, how do we pick stocks? There are multitudes of factors considered in selecting dividends stocks. For e.g. P/E ratio, dividend payout ratio, dividend yield, dividend history and free cash flow to name a few. Almost every dividend investor has his or her own screen for dividend stocks. It takes time and experience to come up with a dividend stock screener. Alternatively, you could follow one of the established dividend investors.






Tom@dividendsdiversify has his Model Portfolios which cater to different types of investors. Similarly, the dividend diplomats have the Top 5 foundation stocks for dividend investors.

Without enough capital it is very difficult to build a diversified portfolio. Even to build a portfolio of 5 stocks is not trivial. What is a good time to buy a stock? ETFs provide a low cost exposure to a diversified set of stocks.

There are about 170 dividends themed ETFs. In this article I am going to look at the top 10 dividend ETFs based on AUM. Assets under Management (AUM) measures market value of all the assets an ETF manages on behalf of its clients. It is similar to market capitalization of a stock. Each dividend ETF has a theme associated with it. Some ETFs might be investing based on dividend quality and some might be based on dividend yield. To get a better feel for investing with ETFs I would recommend my article on ETF/Mutual fund investing.

#1 Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (VIG)

It’s no surprise that Vanguard owns the largest dividend ETF. I have already written a detailed article on this ETF. It’s definitely worth a read if you are considering VIG as a part of your core portfolio.

Price $101.86
Assets Under Management $27.513 billion
Annualized Dividend $1.853
Yield 1.819%
50-day moving average $101.257
200-day moving average $98.708
52 week range $89.9 - $108.99
Expense ratio 0.08%

Sector Diversification: Basic Materials 4.20%, Consumer Goods 10.80%, Consumer Services 19.70%, Financials 8.80%, Health Care 12.20%, Industrials 32.30%, Oil & Gas 0.00%, Technology 8.70%, Utilities 3.20% and Telecommunications 0.10%.

Top 10 Holdings: Microsoft Corp., Walmart Inc., Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo Inc., McDonald's Corp., 3M Co., Medtronic plc, Union Pacific Corp., Abbott Laboratories and Texas Instruments Inc.

#2 Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF (VYM)

Vanguard again! I am not surprised at all. VYM is an excellent fund and I own it as a part of my dividend portfolio. I have already written a detailed post on this fund. Give it a read to get a better understanding of VYM.

Price $84.31
Assets Under Management $21.01 billion
Annualized Dividend $2.45
Yield 2.903%
50-day moving average $83.274
200-day moving average $82.476
52 week range $76.07 - $90.93
Expense ratio 0.08%

Sector Diversification: Basic Materials 3.80%, Consumer Goods 11.70%, Consumer Services 6.10%, Financials 14.10%, Health Care 13.00%, Industrials 12.50%, Oil & Gas 10.10%, Technology 16.90%, Telecommunications 4.30% and Utilities 7.50%.

Top 10 Holdings: Microsoft Corp., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Johnson & Johnson, Exxon Mobil Corp., Intel Corp., Chevron Corp., Wells Fargo & Co., Cisco Systems Inc., Pfizer Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc.

#3 iShares Select Dividend ETF (DVY)

DVY is from Blackrock. BlackRock is the world's largest asset manager with $6.3 trillion in assets under management as of 2017. This ETF invests in stocks with at least 5-years of dividend payments. Among the stocks with at least 5-years of dividend payment it picks the top 100 based on dividend yield. It provides a combination of dividend quality and income.

Price $97.4
Assets Under Management $16.831 billion
Annualized Dividend $3.035
Yield 3.117%
50-day moving average $95.886
200-day moving average $94.746
52 week range $89.53 - $102.32
Expense ratio 0.39%

Sector Diversification: Utilities 29.27%, Consumer Discretionary 14.97%, Energy 12.07%, Financials 9.74%, Materials 7.15%, Consumer Staples 6.92%, Industrials 6.09%, Information Technology 5.86%, Telecommunications 3.97% and Health Care 3.57%.

Top 10 Holdings: CENTURYLINK INC, ONEOK INC, OCCIDENTAL PETROLEUM CORP, F MOTOR, PPL CORP, SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY PLC, AT&T INC, ENTERGY CORP, FIRST ENERGY CORP and CHEVRON CORP.

#4 SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (SDY)

SPDR S&P Dividend ETF invests in stocks with at least 20-years of consecutive dividend increases. The stocks weights are based on dividend yield. SDY is definitely a quality first ETF. In addition it provides good dividend income thanks to its tilt towards higher yield.

Price $92.03
Assets Under Management $15.333 billion
Annualized Dividend $2.118
Yield 2.302%
50-day moving average $91.478
200-day moving average $89.512
52 week range $86.385 - $98.29
Expense ratio 0.35%

Sector Diversification: Financials 15.54%, Consumer Staples 15.36%, Industrials 13.44%, Utilities 13.06%, Consumer Discretionary 10.55%, Materials 9.15%, Real Estate 8.28%, Health Care 6.04%, Energy 3.15%, Information Technology 2.72% and Telecommunication Services 2.70%.

Top 10 Holdings: Realty Income Corporation, AT&T Inc., National Retail Properties Inc., Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc., AbbVie Inc., Exxon Mobil Corporation, Chevron Corporation, Meredith Corporation, International Business Machines Corporation and Kimberly-Clark Corporation.

#5 Schwab U.S. Dividend Equity ETF (SCHD)

Schwab U.S. Dividend Equity ETF mimics the Dow Jones U.S. Dividend 100™ Index. SCHD uses three screening rules. 10-Years of consecutive dividend payments, Market capitalization of at least 500 million dollars and Minimum three-month average daily volume trade of US$ 2 million.

Price $49.54
Assets Under Management $7.421 billion
Annualized Dividend $1.286
Yield 2.595%
50-day moving average $49.051
200-day moving average $48.679
52 week range $44.121 - $54.6
Expense ratio 0.07%

Sector Diversification: Consumer Staples 24.94%, Information Technology 20.11%, Industrials 18.95%, Consumer Discretionary 11.37%, Energy 7.09%, Health Care 5.27%, Financials 5.21%, Telecommunication Services 4.50%, Materials 1.87% and Utilities 0.69%.

Top 10 Holdings: EXXON MOBIL CORP, INTEL CORP, HOME DEPOT , PFIZER INC, VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC, WALMART INC, PROCTER & GAMBLE CO, International Business Machines CORP, PEPSICO INC and MMM.

#6 iShares Core High Dividend ETF (HDV)

iShares Core High Dividend ETF invests in top (dividend yield) 75 stocks that have been screened for financial health, quality and dividend sustainability as determined by Morningstar, Inc.’s proprietary index methodology. The Morningstar index methodology determines “company quality” in accordance with the Morningstar Economic Moat rating system. Additionally, companies are screened for financial health using Morningstar’s Distance to Default measure.

Price $84.91
Assets Under Management $5.969 billion
Annualized Dividend $2.998
Yield 3.531%
50-day moving average $84.906
200-day moving average $85.168
52 week range $82.071 - $94.2
Expense ratio 0.08%

Sector Diversification: Energy 20.98%, Consumer Staples 18.27%, Health Care 17.74%, Telecommunications 12.83%, Utilities 8.77%, Information Technology 7.17%, Financials 5.47%, Industrials 4.10%, Consumer Discretionary 4.09% and Materials 0.07%.

Top 10 Holdings: EXXON MOBIL CORP, AT&T INC, CHEVRON CORP, VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC, JOHNSON & JOHNSON, PFIZER INC, WELLS FARGO, PROCTER & GAMBLE, MERCK & CO INC and CISCO SYSTEMS INC.

#7 iShares International Select Dividend ETF (IDV)

I was shocked to see an international ETF make it to the top 10. This ETF mimics the holdings of Dow Jones EPAC Select Dividend Index. To be included in this index the stock should have payed dividends for at least 3-years, previous year’s dividend must be greater than or equal to its three-year average annual dividend-per-share, five-year average dividend coverage ratio must be greater than or equal to two-thirds of the five-year average dividend coverage ratio of the corresponding Dow Jones Global Indexes® country index, or greater than 118%, whichever is greater, must have a three month average daily dollar trading volume of at least $3 million, must have a non-negative trailing 12-month EPS must have a float-adjusted market capitalization of at least $1 billion. Phew!

Price $34.04
Assets Under Management $4.936 billion
Annualized Dividend $1.506
Yield 4.425%
50-day moving average $33.605
200-day moving average $33.255
52 week range $32.19 - $35.93
Expense ratio 0.50%

Country Diversification: United Kingdom 25.03%, Australia 15.62%, France 8.46%, Canada 6.33%, Sweden 6.19%, Italy 6.09%, Spain 5.64%, Finland 4.08%, Norway 3.81%, Switzerland 3.15%, Germany 3.04%, Hong Kong 2.59%, New Zealand 2.12%, Portugal 1.41% and Korea (South) 1.18%.

Top 10 Holdings: ASTRAZENECA PLC, MACQUARIE GROUP LTD DEF, ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC CLASS A, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA, GALLIFORD TRY PLC, VTECH HOLDINGS LTD, SSE PLC, ENI, TOTAL SA and SALMAR ASA.




#8 First Trust Value Line Dividend Index Fund (FVD)

First Trust Value Line Dividend Index Fund invests in stocks that are part of Value Line Dividend Index. FVD uses set of complex criteria to shortlist stocks. I would recommend reading there selection criteria here.

Price $29.99
Assets Under Management $4.057 billion
Annualized Dividend $0.626
Yield 2.088%
50-day moving average $29.897
200-day moving average $29.835
52 week range $28.537 - $31.85
Expense ratio 0.70%

Sector Diversification: Utilities 22.24%, Financials 17.64%, Consumer Staples 14.28%, Industrials 13.53%, Consumer Discretionary 7.84%, Health Care 6.26%, Information Technology 6.14%, Real Estate 4.27%, Energy 3.11%, Materials 3.11% and Telecommunication Services 1.58%.

Top 10 Holdings: QUALCOMM Incorporated, Texas Instruments Incorporated, WPP Plc (ADR), T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., Automatic Data Processing, Inc., El Paso Electric Company, Phillips 66, Analog Devices, Inc., Diageo Plc (ADR) and Intel Corporation.

#9 iShares Core Dividend Growth ETF (DGRO)

iShares Core Dividend Growth ETF invests in companies with at least 5-years of continuous dividend increases and a payout ratio of at most 75%.

Price $34.6
Assets Under Management $3.546 billion
Annualized Dividend $0.718
Yield 2.075%
50-day moving average $34.21
200-day moving average $33.522
52 week range $30.3 - $37.22
Expense ratio 0.70%

Sector Diversification: Financials 18.99%, Health Care 16.90%, Information Technology 16.56%, Industrials 14.06%, Consumer Staples 11.46%, Consumer Discretionary 10.00%, Utilities 5.24%, Materials 4.55%, Energy 1.82%, Real Estate 0.01% and Telecommunications 0.00%.

Top 10 Holdings: APPLE INC, MICROSOFT CORP, PFIZER INC, JOHNSON & JOHNSON, JPMORGAN CHASE & CO, WELLS FARGO, PROCTER & GAMBLE, MERCK & CO INC, CISCO SYSTEMS INC and COCA-COLA.

#10 ProShares S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats ETF (NOBL)

ProShares S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats ETF invests in companies with at least 25-years of continuous dividend increases.

Price $62.76
Assets Under Management $3.505 billion
Annualized Dividend $1.163
Yield 1.852%
50-day moving average $62.402
200-day moving average $61.392
52 week range $56.15 - $67.98
Expense ratio 0.35%

Sector Diversification: Consumer Staples 24.74%, Industrials 21.39%, Materials 11.29%, Health Care 11.07%, Consumer Discretionary 10.78%, Financials 9.49%, Energy 3.47%, Utilities 1.99%, Telecommunication Services 1.96% and Information Technology 1.91%.

Top 10 Holdings: McCormick & Co. Inc., S&P Global Inc., W.W. Grainger Inc., Cintas Corp., Archer Daniels Midland Co., Roper Technologies Inc., General Dynamics Corp., Ecolab Inc., Hormel Foods Corp. and Aflac Inc.


Ticker Consumer Staples Consumer Discretionary Financials Health Care Industrials Materials Real Estate Technology Telecommunications Utilities
VIG 10.8% 19.7% 8.8% 12.2% 32.3% 4.2% 0.0% 8.7% 0.1% 3.2%
VYM 11.7% 6.1% 14.1% 13.0% 12.5% 3.8% 0.0% 16.9% 4.3% 7.5%
DVY 15.19% 6.97% 9.76% 3.55% 6.13% 7.24% 0.0% 5.91% 3.93% 28.68%
SDY 10.55% 15.36% 15.54% 6.04% 13.44% 9.15% 8.28% 2.72% 2.7% 13.06%
SCHD 11.37% 24.94% 5.21% 5.27% 18.95% 1.87% 0.0% 20.11% 4.5% 0.69%
HDV 4.09% 18.27% 5.47% 17.74% 4.1% 0.07% 0.0% 7.17% 12.83% 8.77%
FDV 8.53% 13.9% 16.83% 6.75% 13.44% 3.13% 4.26% 6.54% 1.52% 21.82%
DGRO 10.0% 11.46% 18.99% 16.9% 14.06% 4.55% 0.01% 16.56% 0.0% 5.24%
NOBL 10.78% 24.74% 9.49% 11.07% 21.39% 11.29% 0.0% 1.91% 1.96% 1.99%

It’s hard to pick and choose a winner. Each ETF caters to a specific investment paradigm. I own VIG and VYM. They provide me a combination of quality and high yield dividend stocks. Additionally they are really cheap and trade for free on Vanguard. Interestingly most of the ETFs exclude REITs. SDY & FDV are the only ETFs with exposure to REITs. Almost all the ETFs have a strong affinity to Consumer Staples & Consumer Discretionary stocks.

Dividend ETFs provide a low cost exposure to a diversified set of stocks. Most of the holdings are regulars in the dividend community. They provide a lazy approach to dividend investing. I am not averse to investing in individual stocks. However, I don’t find the time to perform due diligence. Hence, I prefer the dividend ETF approach. Dividend ETFs is not for everyone. Understand the risk/rewards associated with each of the ETFs before investing.









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One way to identify dividend growth stocks is to look for dividend increases. Companies that pay rising dividends are likely to be financially healthy, generate consistent cash flow and regular dividend. I am interested in stocks with at least ten consecutive years of increasing annual dividend payments (Dividend Achievers). Here is a list of US companies that increased their dividends this week.


Southwest Airlines Company (LUV)

Industry: Airlines
Sector: Industrials

Southwest Airlines Co is one of largest domestic carrier in the United States. The company operates approximately 700 aircraft constituting an all-Boeing fleet and specializes in short-haul flights and several international locations.

Southwest Airlines Co. has declared quarterly dividend of $0.1600 (+28.0000% increase). It goes ex-dividend on 06-05-2018 and is payable on 06-27-2018. Southwest Airlines Co. has 6 years of consecutive dividend increase.

Price$52.47
Market Cap$30.422 billion
Annualized Dividend$0.64
Yield1.22%
EPS(TTM)$3.64
Payout Ratio17.582%
50-day moving average$55.345
200-day moving average$57.147
P/E Ratio14.34
52 week range$49.76 - $66.985

2-Year Dividend History
DeclaredDateEx-DividendDateRecordDatePayableDateQualifiedAmount
2018-01-312018-03-062018-03-072018-03-28$0.125
2017-11-162017-12-062017-12-072018-01-04$0.125
2017-08-032017-08-222017-08-242017-09-14Q$0.125
2017-05-172017-06-052017-06-072017-06-28Q$0.125
2017-02-022017-03-072017-03-092017-03-30Q$0.1
2016-11-172016-12-062016-12-082017-01-05Q$0.1
2016-07-282016-08-162016-08-182016-09-08Q$0.1
2016-05-182016-06-062016-06-082016-06-29Q$0.1

Trailing Twelve Months Earnings
Actual EPSEstimated EPSFiscal PeriodY-O-Y Growth
$0.75$0.75Q1 201823%
$0.77$0.76Q4 20174%
$0.88$0.87Q3 2017-5%
$1.24$1.2Q2 20174%

Peer Comparison
TickerNameDividendYieldEPS (TTM)P/EP/BPrice/SalesPayout Ratio
LUVSouthwest Airlines Company$0.641.22%$3.6414.343.21.46917.582%
SKYWSkyWest Inc.$0.40.694%$3.815.181.680.9310.526%
JBLUJetBlue Airways Corporation$00%$1.7810.71.310.9270.0%
HAHawaiian Holdings Inc.$0.481.244%$5.696.832.330.8018.436%
ALGTAllegiant Travel Company$2.81.742%$10.4615.454.331.69226.769%
ALKAlaska Air Group Inc.$1.282.184%$5.7210.182.120.94622.378%
DALDelta Air Lines Inc.$1.222.298%$4.9110.782.990.89224.847%
UALUnited Continental Holdings$00%$6.879.962.320.5120.0%
AALAmerican Airlines Group Inc.$0.40.917%$5.048.616.190.5387.937%
SAVESpirit Airlines Inc.$00%$3.2511.431.471.2050.0%





Leggett & Platt Incorporated (LEG)

Industry: Manufacturing - Apparel & Furniture
Sector: Consumer Cyclical

Leggett & Platt Inc is a manufacturer that conceives designs and produces engineered components and products found in homes, offices, retail stores, automobiles and commercial aircraft.

Leggett & Platt, Incorporated has declared quarterly dividend of $0.3800 (+5.5560% increase). It goes ex-dividend on 06-14-2018 and is payable on 07-13-2018. Leggett & Platt, Incorporated has 46 years of consecutive dividend increase.

Price$41.88
Market Cap$5.498 billion
Annualized Dividend$1.52
Yield3.629%
EPS(TTM)$2.41
Payout Ratio63.071%
50-day moving average$43.543
200-day moving average$45.385
P/E Ratio17.48
52 week range$39.57 - $53.96

2-Year Dividend History
DeclaredDateEx-DividendDateRecordDatePayableDateQualifiedAmount
2017-11-072017-12-142017-12-152018-01-12$0.36
2017-08-032017-09-142017-09-152017-10-13Q$0.36
2017-05-092017-06-132017-06-152017-07-14Q$0.36
2017-02-212017-03-132017-03-152017-04-13Q$0.34
2016-11-082016-12-132016-12-152017-01-13Q$0.34
2016-08-042016-09-132016-09-152016-10-14Q$0.34
2016-05-172016-06-132016-06-152016-07-15Q$0.34

Trailing Twelve Months Earnings
Actual EPSEstimated EPSFiscal PeriodY-O-Y Growth
$0.57$0.61Q1 2018-8%
$0.59$0.61Q4 201711%
$0.61$0.61Q3 2017-9%
$0.64$0.65Q2 2017-3%

Peer Comparison
TickerNameDividendYieldEPS (TTM)P/EP/BPrice/SalesPayout Ratio
LEGLeggett & Platt Incorporated$1.523.629%$2.4117.484.581.36663.071%
CRWSCrown Crafts Inc.$0.325.378%$0.5311.231.551.26160.377%
FLXSFlexsteel Industries Inc.$0.882.311%$0N/A1.220.595N/A
MLHRHerman Miller Inc.$0.722.179%$2.1415.542.990.83833.645%
ETHEthan Allen Interiors Inc.$0.763.121%$1.3218.751.650.87457.576%
SCSSteelcase Inc.$0.543.776%$1.0313.832.040.54252.427%
LZBLa-Z-Boy Incorporated$0.481.561%$1.718.532.411.22328.235%
TPXTempur Sealy International Inc.$00%$2.6618.7924.341.0220.0%
HNIHNI Corporation$1.183.186%$1.8120.523.130.72365.193%
KNLKnoll Inc.$0.62.946%$1.3914.792.720.84943.165%
SNBRSleep Number Corporation$00%$1.5718.7329.620.7410.0%





Northrop Grumman Corporation (NOC)

Industry: Aerospace & Defense
Sector: Industrials

Northrop Grumman Corp offers portfolio of capabilities and technologies to deliver products, systems and solutions for applications to government and commercial customers. It provides products, systems and solutions in autonomous systems.

Northrop Grumman Corporation has declared quarterly dividend of $1.2000 (+9.0910% increase). It goes ex-dividend on 06-01-2018 and is payable on 06-20-2018. Northrop Grumman Corporation has 10 years of consecutive dividend increase.

Price$324.52
Market Cap$56.591 billion
Annualized Dividend$4.8
Yield1.479%
EPS(TTM)$13.86
Payout Ratio34.632%
50-day moving average$339.364
200-day moving average$309.748
P/E Ratio23.74
52 week range$243.391 - $360.88

2-Year Dividend History
DeclaredDateEx-DividendDateRecordDatePayableDateQualifiedAmount
2018-01-252018-03-022018-03-052018-03-21$1.1
2017-11-152017-12-012017-12-042017-12-20$1
2017-08-162017-08-242017-08-282017-09-13Q$1
2017-05-162017-06-012017-06-052017-06-21Q$1
2017-02-162017-03-022017-03-062017-03-22Q$0.9
2016-11-162016-12-012016-12-052016-12-21Q$0.9
2016-08-172016-08-252016-08-292016-09-14Q$0.9
2016-05-172016-06-022016-06-062016-06-22Q$0.9

Trailing Twelve Months Earnings
Actual EPSEstimated EPSFiscal PeriodY-O-Y Growth
$4.21$3.63Q1 201816%
$2.82$2.75Q4 20176%
$3.68$2.92Q3 201722%
$3.15$2.84Q2 201721%

Peer Comparison
TickerNameDividendYieldEPS (TTM)P/EP/BPrice/SalesPayout Ratio
NOCNorthrop Grumman Corporation$4.81.479%$13.8623.747.292.13234.632%
KTOSKratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc.$00%$0.1111.32.211.5560.0%
LMTLockheed Martin Corporation$82.497%$14.7921.6748.31.76654.091%
BAThe Boeing Company$6.841.988%$13.7125.62160.292.74349.891%
GDGeneral Dynamics Corporation$3.721.844%$10.1220.015.061.91736.759%
HRSHarris Corporation$2.281.492%$5.6727.145.823.01240.212%
UTXUnited Technologies Corporation$2.82.244%$6.9518.013.271.6240.288%
RTNRaytheon Company$3.471.648%$8.1825.85.92.35742.421%
COLRockwell Collins Inc.$1.320.971%$6.3721.43.343.31520.722%
LLLL3 Technologies Inc.$3.21.65%$8.8621.92.891.46436.117%





Packaging Corporation of America (PKG)

Industry: Packaging & Containers
Sector: Consumer Cyclical

Packaging Corp of America is a producer of container board and corrugated products in the US. Further, it also produces multi-color boxes and displays, as well as meat boxes and wax-coated boxes for the agricultural industry.

Packaging Corporation of America has declared quarterly dividend of $0.7900 (+25.3970% increase). It goes ex-dividend on 06-14-2018 and is payable on 07-13-2018. Packaging Corporation of America has 7 years of consecutive dividend increase.

Price$120.33
Market Cap$11.353 billion
Annualized Dividend$3.16
Yield2.626%
EPS(TTM)$6.31
Payout Ratio50.079%
50-day moving average$115.09
200-day moving average$115.572
P/E Ratio19.2
52 week range$98.1 - $131.132

2-Year Dividend History
DeclaredDateEx-DividendDateRecordDatePayableDateQualifiedAmount
2017-12-142017-12-222017-12-262018-01-12$0.63
2017-08-252017-09-142017-09-152017-10-13Q$0.63
2017-05-172017-06-132017-06-152017-07-14Q$0.63
2017-03-012017-03-132017-03-152017-04-14Q$0.63
2016-12-132016-12-212016-12-232017-01-13Q$0.63
2016-08-312016-09-132016-09-152016-10-14Q$0.63
2016-05-182016-06-132016-06-152016-07-15Q$0.55

Trailing Twelve Months Earnings
Actual EPSEstimated EPSFiscal PeriodY-O-Y Growth
$1.55$1.53Q1 201822%
$1.56$1.51Q4 201727%
$1.68$1.69Q3 201729%
$1.52$1.48Q2 201722%

Peer Comparison
TickerNameDividendYieldEPS (TTM)P/EP/BPrice/SalesPayout Ratio
PKGPackaging Corporation of America$3.162.626%$6.3119.24.941.70250.079%
GLTGlatfelter$0.523.016%$0.9717.841.030.46153.608%
IPInternational Paper Company$1.93.451%$3.9413.953.150.99348.223%
KSKapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation$0.41.163%$1.621.522.881.00625.0%
GPKGraphic Packaging Holding Company$0.32.031%$0.6921.592.580.91643.478%
CLWClearwater Paper Corporation$00%$1.7714.630.760.2560.0%
WRKWestrock Company$1.722.779%$3.0220.561.371.01356.954%





Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc. (MMC)

Industry: Brokers & Exchanges
Sector: Financial Services

Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc is a professional services firm which provides advice and solutions in the areas of risk, strategy, and human capital.

Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. has declared quarterly dividend of $0.4150 (+10.6670% increase). It goes ex-dividend on 07-10-2018 and is payable on 08-15-2018. Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. has 8 years of consecutive dividend increase.

Price$81
Market Cap$41.098 billion
Annualized Dividend$1.5
Yield1.852%
EPS(TTM)$4.22
Payout Ratio35.545%
50-day moving average$82.193
200-day moving average$81.402
P/E Ratio19.23
52 week range$73.65 - $86.54

2-Year Dividend History
DeclaredDateEx-DividendDateRecordDatePayableDateQualifiedAmount
2018-01-172018-01-302018-01-312018-02-15$0.375
2017-09-192017-10-062017-10-102017-11-15$0.375
2017-05-182017-07-072017-07-112017-08-15Q$0.375
2017-03-152017-04-052017-04-072017-05-15Q$0.34
2017-01-112017-01-232017-01-252017-02-15Q$0.34
2016-09-212016-10-062016-10-112016-11-15Q$0.34
2016-05-192016-07-072016-07-112016-08-15Q$0.34
2016-03-162016-04-062016-04-082016-05-13Q$0.31

Trailing Twelve Months Earnings
Actual EPSEstimated EPSFiscal PeriodY-O-Y Growth
$1.38$1.3Q1 201828%
$1.05$0.95Q4 201718%
$0.79$0.78Q3 201714%
$1$1Q2 201710%

Peer Comparison
TickerNameDividendYieldEPS (TTM)P/EP/BPrice/SalesPayout Ratio
MMCMarsh & McLennan Companies Inc.$1.51.852%$4.2219.235.183.88835.545%
ACGLArch Capital Group Ltd.$00%$3.4522.81.281.9970.0%
BROBrown & Brown Inc.$0.31.09%$1.0725.82.723.93928.037%
AJGArthur J. Gallagher & Co.$1.642.45%$4.1816.162.691.85939.234%
AXSAxis Capital Holdings Limited$1.562.691%$-2.34-24.71.091.045N/A
AONAon plc Class A (UK)$1.61.135%$8.0617.536.463.19719.851%
WLTWWillis Towers Watson Public Limited Company$2.41.566%$7.4920.61.892.47132.043%







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One way to identify dividend growth stocks is to look for dividend increases. Companies that pay rising dividends are likely to be financially healthy, generate consistent cash flow and regular dividend. I am interested in stocks with at least ten consecutive years of increasing annual dividend payments (Dividend Achievers). Here is a list of US companies that increased their dividends this week.


FactSet Research Systems Inc. (FDS)

Industry: Brokers & Exchanges
Sector: Financial Services

FactSet Research Systems Inc is a financial and economic data and analytics service provider. It aggregates content from hundreds of databases, reformats it, and then furnishes the data to research analysts, and other financial professionals.

FactSet Research Systems Inc. has declared quarterly dividend of $0.6400 (+14.2860% increase). It goes ex-dividend on 05-30-2018 and is payable on 06-19-2018. FactSet Research Systems Inc. has 12 years of consecutive dividend increase.

Price$197.54
Market Cap$7.679 billion
Annualized Dividend$2.56
Yield1.296%
EPS(TTM)$7.6
Payout Ratio33.684%
50-day moving average$200.222
200-day moving average$187.666
P/E Ratio26
52 week range$155.09 - $217.36

2-Year Dividend History
DeclaredDateEx-DividendDateRecordDatePayableDateQualifiedAmount
2018-02-072018-02-272018-02-282018-03-20$0.56
2017-10-272017-11-292017-11-302017-12-19$0.56
2017-08-112017-08-292017-08-312017-09-19Q$0.56
2017-05-082017-05-262017-05-312017-06-20Q$0.56
2017-02-062017-02-242017-02-282017-03-21Q$0.5
2016-11-102016-11-282016-11-302016-12-20Q$0.5
2016-08-052016-08-292016-08-312016-09-20Q$0.5
2016-05-092016-05-262016-05-312016-06-21Q$0.5

Trailing Twelve Months Earnings
Actual EPSEstimated EPSFiscal PeriodY-O-Y Growth
$2.12$2.05Q2 201817%
$2.04$1.98Q1 201817%
$1.9$1.89Q4 201712%
$1.85$1.84Q3 201713%

Peer Comparison
TickerNameDividendYieldEPS (TTM)P/EP/BPrice/SalesPayout Ratio
FDSFactSet Research Systems Inc.$2.561.296%$7.62612.515.87433.684%
TRIThomson Reuters Corp$1.383.521%$2.51152.122.6354.98%
MORNMorningstar Inc.$10.9%$0N/A5.474.968N/A
MCOMoody's Corporation$1.761.013%$6.5626.53163.897.51426.829%
MSCIMSCI Inc$1.520.951%$4.4136.533.0910.72834.467%
ENVEnvestnet Inc$00%$0.9658.496.045.0140.0%
NWSANews Corporation$0.21.206%$0.4434.50.891.76145.455%
FOXTwenty-First Century Fox Inc.$0.360.961%$1.9219.523.753.16618.75%
SPGIS&P Global Inc.$20.997%$7.2827.477087.028.0327.473%





MSA Safety Incorporated (MSA)

Industry: Consulting & Outsourcing
Sector: Industrials

MSA Safety Inc develops, manufactures & supplies safety products that protect people & facility infrastructure. Its products include fixed gas & flame detection systems, portable gas detection instruments, head protection product & fall protection device.

MSA Safety Inc. has declared quarterly dividend of $0.3800 (+8.5710% increase). It goes ex-dividend on 05-18-2018 and is payable on 06-10-2018. MSA Safety Inc. has 46 years of consecutive dividend increase.

Price$91.45
Market Cap$3.504 billion
Annualized Dividend$1.52
Yield1.662%
EPS(TTM)$4.13
Payout Ratio36.804%
50-day moving average$85.037
200-day moving average$78.93
P/E Ratio21.93
52 week range$65.95 - $91.74

2-Year Dividend History
DeclaredDateEx-DividendDateRecordDatePayableDateQualifiedAmount
2018-01-092018-02-132018-02-142018-03-10$0.35
2017-10-252017-11-132017-11-142017-12-10$0.35
2017-08-012017-08-142017-08-162017-09-10Q$0.35
2017-05-122017-05-192017-05-232017-06-10Q$0.35
2017-01-102017-02-102017-02-142017-03-10Q$0.33
2016-10-272016-11-092016-11-142016-12-10Q$0.33
2016-08-022016-08-162016-08-182016-09-10Q$0.33
2016-05-092016-05-192016-05-232016-06-10Q$0.33

Trailing Twelve Months Earnings
Actual EPSEstimated EPSFiscal PeriodY-O-Y Growth
$1.01$0.83Q1 201874%
$1.35$1Q4 201773%
$0.92$0.79Q3 201728%
$0.85$0.87Q2 20178%

Peer Comparison
TickerNameDividendYieldEPS (TTM)P/EP/BPrice/SalesPayout Ratio
MSAMSA Safety Incorporated$1.521.662%$4.1321.935.492.76136.804%
MATWMatthews International Corporation$0.761.462%$3.5914.551.951.06121.17%
NPOEnPro Industries Inc$0.961.317%$2.7126.871.681.09735.424%
HIHillenbrand Inc$0.831.779%$2.2221.044.071.72737.387%
FITFitbit Inc. Class A$00%$-0.68-7.661.570.827N/A





Expeditors International of Washington Inc. (EXPD)

Industry: Transportation & Logistics
Sector: Industrials

Expeditors International of Washington Inc is a third-party logistics provider focused on international freight forwarding. The firm operates more than 150 full-service office locations worldwide.

Expeditors International has declared quarterly dividend of $0.4500 (+7.1430% increase). It goes ex-dividend on 05-31-2018 and is payable on 06-15-2018. Expeditors International has 23 years of consecutive dividend increase.

Price$71.68
Market Cap$12.555 billion
Annualized Dividend$0.9
Yield1.256%
EPS(TTM)$2.73
Payout Ratio32.967%
50-day moving average$63.973
200-day moving average$61.485
P/E Ratio26.5
52 week range$51.96 - $71.8

2-Year Dividend History
DeclaredDateEx-DividendDateRecordDatePayableDateQualifiedAmount
2017-11-072017-11-302017-12-012017-12-15Q$0.42
2017-05-022017-05-302017-06-012017-06-15Q$0.42
2016-11-092016-11-292016-12-012016-12-15Q$0.4
2016-05-042016-05-272016-06-012016-06-15Q$0.4

Trailing Twelve Months Earnings
Actual EPSEstimated EPSFiscal PeriodY-O-Y Growth
$0.76$0.64Q1 201846%
$0.71$0.64Q4 201716%
$0.66$0.6Q3 201712%
$0.6$0.6Q2 2017-5%





Cardinal Health Inc. (CAH)

Industry: Medical Distribution
Sector: Healthcare

Cardinal Health Inc is a healthcare services company. It provides services and products for hospital systems, pharmacies, ambulatory surgery centers, clinical laboratories and physician offices.

Cardinal Health, Inc. has declared quarterly dividend of $0.4760 (+3.0300% increase). It goes ex-dividend on 06-29-2018 and is payable on 07-15-2018. Cardinal Health, Inc. has 13 years of consecutive dividend increase.

Price$54.74
Market Cap$17.227 billion
Annualized Dividend$1.905
Yield3.48%
EPS(TTM)$5.27
Payout Ratio36.152%
50-day moving average$63.57
200-day moving average$64.626
P/E Ratio10.49
52 week range$50.79 - $80.37

2-Year Dividend History
DeclaredDateEx-DividendDateRecordDatePayableDateQualifiedAmount
2017-11-082017-12-292018-01-022018-01-15$0.4624
2017-08-092017-09-292017-10-022017-10-15Q$0.4624
2017-05-032017-06-292017-07-032017-07-15Q$0.4624
2017-02-022017-03-302017-04-032017-04-15Q$0.4489
2016-11-032016-12-292017-01-032017-01-15Q$0.4489
2016-08-082016-09-292016-10-032016-10-15Q$0.4489
2016-05-042016-06-292016-07-012016-07-15Q$0.4489
2016-02-022016-03-302016-04-012016-04-15Q$0.387

Trailing Twelve Months Earnings
Actual EPSEstimated EPSFiscal PeriodY-O-Y Growth
$1.39$1.51Q3 2018-9%
$1.31$1.14Q2 2018-2%
$1.09$1.01Q1 2018-12%
$1.31$1.24Q4 201715%

Peer Comparison
TickerNameDividendYieldEPS (TTM)P/EP/BPrice/SalesPayout Ratio
CAHCardinal Health Inc.$1.9053.48%$5.2710.492.190.12436.152%
HSICHenry Schein Inc.$00%$3.6719.873.80.8640.0%
PDCOPatterson Companies Inc.$1.044.575%$2.2710.051.440.51845.815%
OMIOwens & Minor Inc.$1.046.65%$1.5910.130.920.13365.409%
CVSCVS Health Corporation$23.203%$6.2310.341.610.33532.103%
RADRite Aid Corporation$00%$-0.0-4640509056042559401.090.066N/A
TFXTeleflex Incorporated$1.360.506%$8.7530.364.755.41715.543%
MCKMcKesson Corporation$1.360.924%$11.8212.622.550.19111.506%
ABCAmerisourceBergen Corporation$1.521.777%$6.0814.295.840.11725.0%
PINCPremier Inc.$00%$1.7917.9914.241.0550.0%
XLVSPDR Select Sector Fund - Health Care$1.2131.483%$0N/A3.82N/AN/A





Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (CPK)

Industry: Utilities - Regulated
Sector: Utilities

Chesapeake Utilities Corp is a diversified energy company engaged, through its operating divisions and subsidiaries, in regulated and unregulated energy businesses.

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation has declared quarterly dividend of $0.3700 (+13.8460% increase). It goes ex-dividend on 06-14-2018 and is payable on 07-05-2018. Chesapeake Utilities Corporation has 14 years of consecutive dividend increase.

Price$76.75
Market Cap$1.256 billion
Annualized Dividend$1.48
Yield1.928%
EPS(TTM)$3.12
Payout Ratio47.436%
50-day moving average$72.84
200-day moving average$76.028
P/E Ratio24.5
52 week range$66.35 - $86.35

2-Year Dividend History
DeclaredDateEx-DividendDateRecordDatePayableDateQualifiedAmount
2017-11-082017-12-142017-12-152018-01-05$0.325
2017-08-022017-09-142017-09-152017-10-05Q$0.325
2017-05-032017-06-132017-06-152017-07-05Q$0.325
2016-11-022016-12-132016-12-152017-01-05Q$0.305
2016-08-032016-09-132016-09-152016-10-05Q$0.305
2016-05-042016-06-132016-06-152016-07-05Q$0.305

Trailing Twelve Months Earnings
Actual EPSEstimated EPSFiscal PeriodY-O-Y Growth
$1.4$1.34Q1 201820%
$0.93$0.85Q4 201727%
$0.42$0.35Q3 201745%
$0.37$0.55Q2 2017-29%

Peer Comparison
TickerNameDividendYieldEPS (TTM)P/EP/BPrice/SalesPayout Ratio
CPKChesapeake Utilities Corporation$1.481.928%$3.1224.51.71.84447.436%
RGCORGC Resources Inc.$0.622.301%$0.25108.242.693.284248.0%
NINiSource Inc$0.783.131%$1.2719.631.851.66761.417%
ATOAtmos Energy Corporation$1.942.19%$3.5924.582.063.14154.039%
NJRNewJersey Resources Corporation$1.092.497%$2.8215.552.561.38538.652%
SJISouth Jersey Industries Inc.$1.123.432%$1.7718.432.122.0363.277%
WGLWGL Holdings IncCommon Stock$2.062.34%$3.823.152.631.85254.211%
SRSpire Inc.$2.253.171%$3.7918.81.571.72759.367%
XLUSPDR Select Sector Fund - Utilities$1.7113.402%$0N/A1.87N/AN/A





Phillips 66 (PSX)

Industry: Oil & Gas - Refining & Marketing
Sector: Energy

Phillips 66 is an oil and gas company that purchases for resale and markets refined petroleum products. Its joint venture operates facilities in the United States and the Middle East and primarily produces olefins and polyolefins.

Phillips 66 has declared quarterly dividend of $0.8000 (+14.2860% increase). It goes ex-dividend on 05-18-2018 and is payable on 06-01-2018. Phillips 66 has 6 years of consecutive dividend increase.

Price$117.96
Market Cap$54.95 billion
Annualized Dividend$3.2
Yield2.713%
EPS(TTM)$4.86
Payout Ratio65.844%
50-day moving average$102.171
200-day moving average$94.47
P/E Ratio24.23
52 week range$75.85 - $118.59

2-Year Dividend History
DeclaredDateEx-DividendDateRecordDatePayableDateQualifiedAmount
2018-02-072018-02-162018-02-202018-03-01$0.7
2017-10-092017-11-162017-11-172017-12-01$0.7
2017-07-122017-08-162017-08-182017-09-01Q$0.7
2017-05-032017-05-162017-05-182017-06-01Q$0.7
2017-02-082017-02-162017-02-212017-03-01Q$0.63
2016-10-072016-11-152016-11-172016-12-01Q$0.63
2016-07-132016-08-162016-08-182016-09-01Q$0.63
2016-05-042016-05-162016-05-182016-06-01Q$0.63

Trailing Twelve Months Earnings
Actual EPSEstimated EPSFiscal PeriodY-O-Y Growth
$1.04$0.91Q1 201886%
$1.07$0.86Q4 2017569%
$1.66$1.62Q3 201758%
$1.09$1.02Q2 201716%

Peer Comparison
TickerNameDividendYieldEPS (TTM)P/EP/BPrice/SalesPayout Ratio
PSXPhillips 66$3.22.713%$4.8624.232.50.53165.844%
CLMTCalumet Specialty Products Partners L.P.$00%$-0.65-11.084.620.196N/A
VLOValero Energy Corporation$3.22.795%$5.321.632.260.50260.377%
XOMExxon Mobil Corporation$3.284.014%$3.6822.091.81.38789.13%
CVXChevron Corporation$4.483.478%$4.5728.411.441.76898.031%
MPCMarathon Petroleum Corporation$1.842.373%$3.9319.682.380.46146.819%
HFCHollyFrontier Corporation$1.321.957%$3.2720.682.150.78640.367%
ANDVAndeavor$2.361.678%$5.6824.682.20.54941.549%





Spectra Energy Partners LP representing Limited Partner Interests (SEP)

Industry: Oil & Gas - Midstream
Sector: Energy

Spectra Energy Partners LP is a Houston-based master limited partnership. The company owns and operates natural gas transmission, gathering and storage assets, and crude oil transportation and storage assets in United States and Canada.

Spectra Energy Partners, LP has declared quarterly dividend of $0.7510 (+1.6240% increase). It goes ex-dividend on 05-18-2018 and is payable on 05-30-2018. Spectra Energy Partners, LP has 11 years of consecutive dividend..

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I am always on a quest to cut down expenses. Saving is as important as investing to attain Financial Independence. I was mentioning to my colleague about how we saved $600 in wireless cost by switching to Sprint. It got him wondering about how much he could have saved had he quit smoking. I ended up calculating the numbers and sharing it with him. It is important to measure the absolute and opportunity cost associated with smoking.





This post deals specifically with the financial cost of smoking. It is not my intention to take a moral stand. That being said smoking is definitely injurious to health and if possible should be given up. This article deals with the opportunity cost associated with smoking cigarettes.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the average cost of a pack of cigarette is $5.51. This is the average cost across the US. In New York the cost of a pack of cigarette can be as high as $12.85. In the state of Massachusetts average price of a pack of cigarette is $9.95 (basis for my calculations).

Assuming a pack-a-day habit it would cost $3,631.75 per year in Massachusetts. My colleague started smoking at 18. So, I am going to use that as the starting point for my calculations. On an average he smokes a pack-a-day (which I heard is normal).

To measure opportunity cost I need to take into account investment returns and tax savings. In terms of investment my immediate thought was to choose one of the tobacco stocks e.g. Altria (MO) or Philip Morris (PM). However, since I was trying to get him to quit smoking it made sense to use a socially conscious approach to investing. Additionally, in general smoking rate is going down in the US and might not bode well for tobacco stocks.

As a Vanguard aficionado I wanted to choose Vanguard FTSE Social Index Fund (VFTSX). Unfortunately it does not have an ETF version. So, I decided to choose BlackRock iShares MSCI KLD 400 Social ETF (DSI).

The iShares MSCI KLD 400 Social ETF seeks to track the investment results of an index composed of U.S. companies that have positive environmental, social and governance characteristics as identified by the index provider.

Since its inception in 2006, iShares MSCI KLD 400 Social ETF has an annualized return of 7.56% and a TTM yield of 1.31%. Now assuming he invests $3,631.75. At the age of 65 (47 years of compounding) he would have $1,539,894.22! In addition assuming a 1.3% yield his portfolio can generate 20,018.6 in dividends annually. At the age of 60 he would have become a millionaire.

Now let’s say he contributes this money to an IRA (traditional). According to IRS the average American family has a federal tax rate of 14.3%. So, that’s an addition 14.3% he would be able to contribute to his retirement account. Total yearly contribution would be $3,631.75+14.3% of $3,631.75. This comes out to $4,151.09. So, by the time he is 65 years old he would have $1,760,099 (millionaire at 58) socked away in his retirement account. This in turn would generate $22,881.29 in dividends.

An article I read has shown that e-cigarettes cost much less. The average cost of an equivalent pack of cigarettes is $1.06. So, the yearly expenses come out to be $386.9. Still the opportunity cost is very high at $187,509.34.

This article looks at the financial cost of smoking. I am not looking at healthcare and productivity cost. Additionally there is the risk of death to which I cannot assign a value. In conclusion for smokers I feel that giving up smoking provides a viable path to retirement.

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