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The MnM Portfolio, Dec. 2017 - Closing Out A Solid Dividend-Growth Year

1h seekingalpha
This month's article marks the 34th installment in my ongoing series outlining my efforts to achieve dividend growth success. The portfolio is nicknamed the MnM portfolio, which is a moniker for "Minne(sota) 'n Monthly." (140-0)

'Safer' Dividend Champions Topped By Old Republic, Leggett And Kimberly-Clark For Gains Per Broker Targets

2018-01-17 seekingalpha
37 of 80 Dividend Champions (25 or more annual dividend hikes) were tagged 'safer' by showing positive annual returns, and free cash-flow yields greater than their dividend yields calculated 1/12/18. (25-0)

Here's Why I'm Not Buying Kimberly-Clark

2018-01-17 seekingalpha
Disappointing results in the current fiscal year lead me to believe the next dividend increase won't be very high. (3-0)

Estee Lauder (EL) Up 61% in a Year: More Growth in Store?

2018-01-16 zacks
Driven by consumers’ improved spending on beauty and personal care products, The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. (EL - Free Report) has been depicting sturdy growth across most of its geographic regions and product categories. Moreover, the company has been resorting to acquisitions and expanding online sales channels to further strengthen its foothold in the industry. Well, the impact of such factors is evident from this Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) company’s bull run in the stock market. (43-0)

Sysco (SYY) Set to Bring Kent Frozen Foods Under Its Wings

2018-01-16 zacks
Sysco Corporation (SYY - Free Report) inked a deal to buy Kent Frozen Foods, a leading foodservice provider in the United Kingdom, with distribution facilities in Aylesford (Kent) and Witney (Oxfordshire). The buyout deal is currently subject to approval from the Competition and Markets Authority. A Win-Win Strategy for Both Upon approval of the deal, Kent Frozen Foods will form part of Sysco’s U.K. (45-0)

Can FORCE Program Drive Kimberly-Clark's (KMB) Q4 Earnings?

2018-01-16 zacks
Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KMB - Free Report) is slated to release fourth-quarter 2017 results on Jan 23. The question lingering in investors’ minds is, whether this consumer products company will be able to deliver a positive earnings surprise in the quarter to be reported. Well the company has outperformed earnings estimates in three of the past four quarters. Let’s see how things are shaping up prior to this announcement. (43-0)

SUPERVALU's Dismal Start in 2018 Gives Investors Cold Feet

2018-01-15 zacks
SUPERVALU INC (SVU - Free Report) is witnessing no relief from adverse industry conditions, which are plaguing its retail segment’s performance. This, in combination with the company’s dismal gross margin trend, has been a hurdle for long.  The implication of such factors is quite apparent from the recent downtrend in the Zacks Consensus Estimate and investors’ receding optimism in the stock, following its third-quarter fiscal 2018 outcome. (25-0)

'Safer' Dividend Achiever Top Gains Seen For Old Republic, Leggett, And Flowers Foods By January, 2019

2018-01-13 seekingalpha
20 of 90 Dividend Achiever (10 or more years of higher dividends) were tagged "safer" because they showed positive annual-returns, and free cash-flow yields greater than dividend yields 1/11/18. (36-0)

United Natural Up 27% in 6 Months: Further Upside in Store?

2018-01-11 zacks
Growing consumer preference for organic and natural food products has directed investor’s attention on companies such as United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI - Free Report) . Notably, the company has been riding on robust consumer demand across its sales channels along with sturdy growth initiatives. Courtesy of these factors, shares of this leading distributor of specialty food products have surged close to 27. (11-0)

Newell Brands (NWL) in Investors' Good Books: Here's Why

2018-01-10 zacks
Newell Brands Inc. (NWL - Free Report) looks good driven by its transformation goals, cost-saving programs, shareholder-friendly moves and value-added investments. One major component of Newell’s Growth Game Plan is portfolio management, which is likely to accelerate growth by simplifying and strengthening the company’s portfolio. (33-0)

Factors That are Likely to Fuel Kimberly-Clark (KMB) in 2018

2018-01-10 zacks
Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KMB - Free Report) has been gaining from improved volumes in emerging markets and its dedicated focus on cost saving, innovation and restructuring. Such strategic plans are expected to drive this Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) company’s performance in 2018 and augment its portfolio and market share. Cost Savings Aid Profitability        Kimberly-Clark is aggressively cutting costs through the program — Focus on Reducing Costs Everywhere or FORCE. (13-0)

The Slowly, But Surely Dividend Income Portfolio - December 2017 Update

2018-01-08 seekingalpha
Passive income from this portfolio has now reached nearly $600 from $0 a little more than two years ago. (5-0)

2018 S&P 500 Aristocrats Top Gainers Are Walgreen's, Leggett, Cardinal, And Medtronic, Per Brokers

2018-01-03 seekingalpha
"S&P 500® Dividend Aristocrats measure the performance S&P 500 companies that have increased dividends every year for the last 25 consecutive years." (205-1)

Kimberly-Clark: Making Sense Of The Debt-To-Equity Ratio

2018-01-01 seekingalpha
I dive into how debt to equity ratio is computed for public companies and explain the key drivers for KMB. (46-0)

Year-End Portfolio Summary: Keepers Carry The Portfolio

2017-12-31 seekingalpha
My last portfolio update was published on October 16 and reflected the status of the holdings as of early October. Since then there have been some changes in the holdings of the portfolio. This posting will address the changes that have occurred stock-by-stock and the general portfolio philosophy behind those changes. While the discussion starts with a description of the changes in individual positions, the discussion of the portfolio philosophy behind those changes is far more important than the individual stock transactions. (85-0)

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