In January, the markets hit new highs. However, the momentum faded towards the end of the month as volatility increased, fueled by fears of a more contagious COVID-19 variant.
To end the month, the S&P 500 was down 1.11%, the Dow was down 2.04% but the Nasdaq was up 1.42%.
So, what happened?
Q4 earnings season produced better than expected results. Apple, my portfolio company, reported its first-ever $100 billion revenue quarter. Nonetheless, there was no material movement in the stock price. When this happens, it means the better than expected result is priced in already.
On the vaccine front, investors were faced with many mixed headlines. It all comes down to distribution being slow and muddled by avoidable problems. But things are getting better. Infections are down, doses are increasing.
And of course, there was the Robinhood/Reddit saga. I won’t discuss that because by now, everyone has tried to explain to you what happened. I will simply say that it takes a lot to move the market. Don’t know how it was pulled off but it was a stroke of genius.
Let’s do the numbers.
Value: $21,763 | Loss: -$136 | Return: ▼0.06% | Dividends: $73 | Investment: $1,500
My portfolio didn’t move much in Janauary and was modestly down. But on the dividend front, it was another story. I received $73 in dividends, the most I ever have since I started investing in March 2020.
In Janaury, I invested $1,500 in new cash and $50 in dividends in the following dividend paying companies:
In January, I received $73 in dividends from the following companies:
- SYY: $2.81
- SYK: $0.57
- QYLD: $48.47
- OC: $1.31
- ORCL: $0.68
- VTR: $3.39
- CSCO: $7.28
- INTU: $0.36
- CPT: $1.71
- MO: $4.38
- PEP: $1.16
- WMT: $0.74
- ADP: $0.53
Intel announced a dividend increase of 5.3% to $0.3475 per share; the previous payout was $0.33. My annual income from INTC is expected to increase by $0.76.
BlackRock announced a dividend increase of 14% to $4.13 per share; the previous payout was $3.63. My annual income from BLK is expected to increase by $2.29.
Anthem announced a dividend increase of 19% to $1.13 per share; the previous payout was $0.95. My annual income from ANTM is expected to increase by $0.23.
Air Products announced a dividend increase of 12% to $1.50 per share; the previous payout was $1.34. My annual income from ANTM is expected to increase by $0.58.
Portfolio All-time (2/5/2021)
Projected Dividend Income
Annual: $901| Monthly: $75
That’s it for this month. Let me know if you have any questions or feedback. It’s always wonderful to hear from you.