5 dividends make down day easier to swallow


Considering my portfolio took a complete swan dive today, down more than 1%, it was nice to see a few dividends find their way into my account once the market closed.

I didn’t earn nearly enough to make up for the dip, but the $3.14 was the most I’ve made in a single day so far this month. It brought my July dividend total up to $7.39 … and we’re just six days in. I’m hoping for another $30-plus month, which would be my third straight if I can pull it off.

Here’s where the $3.14 came from:

  • The Dr. Pepper Snapple Group paid me $0.58 for the one share I own.
  • Best Buy passed along a $0.34 payment for the one share I have.
  • Tupperware paid me $1.36 ($0.68/share) for the two shares in my portfolio.
  • Royal Caribbean paid me $0.48 for the one share I own.
  • Telus paid me $0.38 for the one share I own.

The first four payments marked the second time in as many quarters I was paid the exact same amount by the respective companies. I didn’t add to any of the positions and none of them raised or cut their dividends.

Telus is a different story. The Canadian telecommunications company is a relative newcomer to my portfolio. I picked up one share for $34.03 back on June 1 … and I’m glad I did. It has a pretty nice 5.72% yield if your interested. The P/E ratio is reasonable (20-ish) and its earnings per share from last quarter compared to the same quarter the previous year is a reasonable 14%.

My portfolio didn’t have its best day as GE (down 3.65%), BIP (down 3.06%) and HPE and GPC (both down 2.71%) forgot to show up. They were my biggest losers.

There were a few bright spots, though, as AAL and AVY were both up more than 1.6%. Both have been solid performers since I added them to my portfolio. AVY is up more than 12% and AAL has gained almost 10% since I picked up a share earlier this year.

That’s all I have for today. Come back tomorrow as I’m sure I’ll have something to report. Thanks for reading … and keep investing, people.