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Dividend Fund: First-Quarter Review

Published Wed, 02 May 2018 22:21:39 -0400 on Seeking Alpha

We are about to be at the end of April, yet my 1st quarter review is just ready to be released! What's with the hold up? Well, unfortunately I don't really have a good answer for that, but here we go!
The 2018 Goals Before we head any further I wanted to review the goals that I set for the fund entering Q1 of 2018. All the goals are for the full year 2018. Hopefully this will give some insight into some of the moves that I made in Q1.
Total Portfolio Value of $30,000 Gain of 10% for 2018 Total Estimated Yearly Dividend Income >$1350 Now let's go ahead and move on to some of the moves I made in the quarter.
The Sales The portfolio has changed a bit since we visited it last in the 2017 Wrap Up. There have been a few subtractions, as well as a few new additions that I want to go through.
Sold Out
Sturm, Ruger & Company (NYSE: RGR) CSS Industries (NYSE: CSS) V.F. Corporation (NYSE: VFC) 8point3 Energy Partners (Nasdaq: CAFD) I sold out of four positions in February (all within 2 days), and all of them I sold for very different reasons. I took a hard look at my fund at the start of 2018 and realized that there were some holdings that didn't quite make sense for me.
First was RGR, which was literally sitting at breakeven for me when I sold it. It's not that RGR is a bad company - quite the opposite in fact - but I really don't see any huge catalysts for the company in the near future, and with a dividend under 2% I really need to see... Read more

Stock name Last trade   P/E Earnings/Share Dividend/Share Dividend yield
CSS INDUSTRIES 4.02   0.0 -5.57 0.40 10.08
BIG 5 SPORTING GOODS 2.26   0.0 -0.01 0.20 8.70
ARES CAPITAL 19.19   10.5 1.82 1.60 8.39
BP 37.67   14.3 2.64 2.44 6.45
FORD MOTOR 9.41   17.1 0.55 0.60 6.37
KIMCO REALTY 20.39   25.5 0.80 1.12 5.57
AT&T 38.38   16.1 2.38 2.04 5.43
MEDICAL PROPERTIES TRUST 18.94   7.3 2.61 1.04 5.30
STAG INDUSTRIAL 29.50   47.6 0.62 1.43 4.93
CHINA MOBILE LTD 42.82   0.0 0.00 1.75 4.15
OLD REPUBLIC INTERNATIONAL 22.80   9.2 2.48 0.80 3.57
VF CORP 90.35   31.6 2.86 1.72 1.91
STURM RUGER & CO 44.41   19.3 2.30 0.56 1.27
OWENS & MINOR 7.10   0.0 -4.79 0.01 0.12


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