I can’t believe I am about to say this. But half of 2018 is in the books already. Man oh man, where has is time going? As the calendar gets ready to turn, it is time for another installment of the “Expected Dividend Increases” summary article. For those of you that are new to the website, each month, I try my best to compile a list of companies that are expected to announce a dividend increase in the coming month. While I can’t include every company in the article, I do my best to capture as many Dividend Aristocrats and other companies as possible. Let’s see which companies are expected to announce dividend increases in July!
I’m always on the hunt for a new, outstanding dividend growth stock to add to my portfolio or add to my next watch list. To start this search, I pulled up a handy listing of Dividend Aristocrats and began digging away. After some research, there was one stock that caught my eye and made my ears perk. So you know what, I decided to perform a stock analysis on the company and see how well the company fit my portfolio. That company is…Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (SWK). Let’s see how well the company performed when put through the Dividend Diplomats Stock Screener and a few other metrics!
Oddly, this isn’t the first time this thought has popped in to my mind. Last year I wrote a piece title “3 Reasons I Would Sell a Stock.” The listing was created to help me identify holdings that have fallen out of favor in my portfolio or have not performed. After elaborating on the 3 reasons I would sell, I reviewed my portfolio for any stocks that met the criteria. Any takers on guessing which one of the stocks that was discussed in the article? First Energy! Shocker, right? After one heck of a run by the stock that has brought me close to break even, I now find myself asking the question again. Is it finally time to sell my stake in First Energy?