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Becton Dickinson – Short-Term Out of the Money Covered Call Opportunity

On February 5, 2019, Becton Dickinson (BDX) released its Q1 2019 results and provided unchanged guidance for FY2019 from that provided when Q4 and FY2018 results were released early November 2018. I successfully employed a conservative out-of-the-money short-term covered call option strategy in November to generate additional income. In this article I look at BDX's [...]

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Church & Dwight – Be Thankful When Good Companies Are Punted To The Curb

Church & Dwight (CHD) released Q4 and FY2018 results and provided FY2019 guidance on February 5, 2019. The investment community promptly knocked ~7.50% from CHD's previous day's closing share price. I previously reviewed CHD's Q3 2018 results on November 1, 2018 and concluded that investors would be better off being patient and to wait for [...]

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Options – SOLD April and May 2019 Covered Calls on NKE, MA, and ADP

I periodically employ a conservative 'out of the money covered call' option strategy when I think I can generate some option premium income and I have a strong probability of retaining the underlying security. Within the last few months I have written articles in which I have disclosed that I have initiated short-term out-of-the-money covered [...]

By |February 4th, 2019|General Investing|Comments Off on Options – SOLD April and May 2019 Covered Calls on NKE, MA, and ADP

Illinois Tool Works – Invest in Great Companies When Out of Favor

Illinois Tool Works (ITW) released Q4 and FY2018 results and provided FY2019 guidance on February 1, 2019. ITW has reiterated its $7.90 - $8.20 full year EPS guidance provided at its December 7, 2018 Investor Day. Organic growth, however, is now expected to be 1 – 3% versus the previous 2 – 4% outlook. This [...]

By |February 3rd, 2019|General Investing|Comments Off on Illinois Tool Works – Invest in Great Companies When Out of Favor

Automatic Data Processing – Generate Additional Income Using This Conservative Option Strategy

Automatic Data Processing (ADP) released Q2 2019 results and amended FY2019 guidance on January 30, 2019. A good company does not always make a good investment if shares are acquired when overvalued. If you currently own ADP shares there is a conservative option strategy which can be employed to generate additional income. In November 2018 [...]

By |February 2nd, 2019|General Investing|Comments Off on Automatic Data Processing – Generate Additional Income Using This Conservative Option Strategy

FFJ Portfolio – January 2019 Dividend Income Report

This is my January 2019 FFJ Portfolio dividend income update. The portfolio was created in January 2017 for the purpose of demonstrating how investing in high quality companies with competitive advantages and with a record of consistently increasing dividends can assist investors in reaching their long-term financial goals without the need to speculate or to [...]

By |February 1st, 2019|General Investing|Comments Off on FFJ Portfolio – January 2019 Dividend Income Report

UPS – Fairly Valued

United Parcel Service (UPS) released Q4 and FY2018 results and FY2019 guidance on January 31, 2019. Amazon's expansion into logistics presents a threat to UPS. UPS is fully aware of this and is taking the approrpiate course of action to fend off this new competitor. UPS has outlined 4 Strategic Imperatives for revenue quality improvement [...]

By |February 1st, 2019|General Investing|Comments Off on UPS – Fairly Valued

CN Rail – Fairly Valued But I Think We Will Be Able To Do Better

Canadian National Railway (CNR) released Q4 and FY2018 results and FY2019 guidance on January 29, 2019. Under new leadership, CNR has staged a remarkable turnaround from late 2017 and early 2018. Shares currently appear to be fairly valued based on FY2019 guidance. I am of the opinion, however, that we will experience further market pullbacks [...]

By |January 31st, 2019|General Investing|Comments Off on CN Rail – Fairly Valued But I Think We Will Be Able To Do Better

3M – Wait For Another Dip

3M (MMM) released Q4 and FY2018 results and FY2019 guidance on January 29, 2019. FY2018 guidance was lowered at the end of Q3 2018 and MMM met that lowered guidance. FY2019 guidance provided at the November 15th Investor Day has now been revised lower. Despite the lower guidance, MMM is expected to generate strong earnings [...]

By |January 31st, 2019|General Investing|Comments Off on 3M – Wait For Another Dip

W.W. Grainger – Patiently Waiting For Further Pullback

Following the release of Q4 and FY2018 results on January 24, 2019 W.W. Grainger's share price dropped ~$11 to close down ~3.68% from the previous day's close. Despite headwinds I continue to view GWW as an attractive long-term hold. In my opinion, however, unless the US government shutdown and trade tensions and tariffs issues are [...]

By |January 24th, 2019|General Investing|Comments Off on W.W. Grainger – Patiently Waiting For Further Pullback

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