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DivGro Pulse: November 2016

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This is the third edition of my new monthly article series in which I’m monitoring the health of DivGro, my portfolio of dividend growth stocks.

These pulse articles are strategy focused. I provide updated fair value estimates and compare them to current market prices. Undervalued stocks are candidates for further investment. I rate stocks on a 7-star scale and consider 6-star or 7-star stocks to be quality dividend growth stocks.

I also provide various charts to visualize recent performance. If a stock performs poorly, it could be a sign of some underlying problem. Hopefully, these charts will help identify potential problems and inform my investment decisions.

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In last month‘s article, I identified Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT) as a stock I wanted to get rid of. Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT) made a decent comeback but I expressed concerns about the company’s near-term future (1). I gave the stock a 4-star rating and ranked it #36 out of 49 stocks. I closed my Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT) position on 30 October for a modest gain of 11.6%, or 4.7% annualized.

Discounted Stocks

Stocks in my portfolio that trade at a discount to fair value are candidates for further investment.

Before I buy more shares, I want to analyze a stock to see if I still like the fundamentals. Conversely, if a stock is trading at a premium to fair value, I don’t want to buy more shares.

The following chart shows the percentage discount to fair value of all the stocks in my portfolio. Green bars represent discounts, and red bars represent premiums (or negative discounts):

I prefer buying stocks when they’re available at a discount of 10% to fair value. From the chart above, nine stocks are discounted by more than 10%. But are these stocks suitable for further investment?

As a first pass test, I rank the stocks based on fundamentals and assign a 7-star rating to each stock:

 

Gilead Sciences, Inc (GILD) • discount  30% • ★★★★★★☆
Ford Motor Company (F) • discount  30% • ★★★★★☆☆
AbbVie Inc (ABBV) • discount  25% • ★★★★★☆☆
Pfizer Inc (PFE) • discount  16% • ★★★★★☆☆
Cisco Systems, Inc (CSCO) • discount  14% • ★★★★★★☆
Valero Energy Corporation (VLO) • discount  13% • ★★★★★★☆
Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc (OHI) • discount  12% • ★★☆☆☆☆☆
PennantPark Investment (PNNT) • discount  12% • ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆
Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc (WBA) • discount  11% • ★★★★★☆☆

Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD), Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO), and Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO) have 6-star ratings. At 2.20% of available capital, GILD is the largest investment of these stocks. I have 1.74% allocated to CSCO and 1.36% allocated to VLO. The average position size in DivGro is 1.64%.

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