As it turns out I was not able to sit on the sidelines too long after my purchase of Emerson Electric last week. On Friday I was paid, which means I had $400 readily available to invest since I have a portion of my paycheck automatically deposited into the checking account linked to Sharebuilder. I have been watching a lot of stocks over the last month or so as a result of the Greece turmoil and the general pullback in the market that recently occurred, which has caused a lot of great dividend growth stocks to become discounted. I purchased one of the stocks on these watch lists, the question is…which stock was it?
Ah, yes….Big Blue. Even though I spoiled it in the article’s title, I added 2.5141 shares of IBM to my current stake, increasing my forward dividend income by $13.07. I am now the proud shareholder of 7.31 shares of IBM! So why IBM over the other stocks on my various watch lists? First, as shown in our July Watch List, IBM passes the Divided Diplomats’ Stock Screener with flying colors, sports a current dividend yield of 3.25% and a forward payout ratio of only 32%. On top of the solid fundamentals, management has shown its commitment to rewarding shareholders as the company continues to buy back shares regularly and their five-year average dividend growth rate is 14.88%. Some pretty solid and impressive metrics.
In our last watch list article, I mentioned that I wanted to begin using capital to increase several positions in my portfolio. Due to the availability of cash over the years, I was forced to initiate some small positions in companies (<$1,000) with the intention of adding to the stakes over the years. I hate having small positions and would one day love to have a minimum position of $2,000 in every stock in my portfolio. Unfortunately, that takes time and capital. Even though I have tried to run a lean cash position like Lanny recently, I still have a long way to go to reach a minimum investment of $2,000. I thought I had missed the boat on IBM as the stock price rose into the $170s over the last month and I was kicking myself for passing on re-upping IBM countless times over the last 8 months. Luckily for me, I was presented with another opportunity to invest in Big Blue as the company had a nice pullback after their last earnings release. I was able to re-up my position when the stock was trading at ~$160/share, which is actually lower than my initial purchase price last year.
While I know there are mixed reviews about IBM and it seems like investors either love or hate the company, I saw enough positive information in their recent earnings release and 10-Q to continue to buy into management’s long-term strategy (which convinced me to buy the stock in the first place last year). The company is continuing to invest in new business initiatives and cloud services and the investment is beginning to show results. A strategy change for a company the size of IBM is not a quick and easy process and it will take time. Since I am a buy and hold investor, I am willing to wait and will continue to collect a >3% yield along the way. If the price remains the same or falls further, this won’t be the last time I write to you about investing in IBM!
What do you think of my purchase? Are you looking to initiate or add to a position in IBM? Would you have added to IBM or the other stock on my Watch List, Canadian Imperial, as Canadian banks have taken a beating over the last month? Do you have a minimum investment threshold?
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