One of the reasons for a lack of much posting has been the birth of our first child, a healthy baby boy. And what better way to start him out than to purchase his first shares of stock!
I opened a portfolio and purchased stock in three companies that I think have been beaten down lately and offer not only fair value but decent dividends as well.
The first company is of course, Carter’s, CRI. Maybe you’ve heard of Carters or Osh Kosh B’Gosh? If not then you don’t have any kids. These brands dominate the baby clothing category. Carters stock is sitting near $85/share down from over $110/share as a 52-week high. Shares yield nearly 1.8% with a low payout ratio of 27%. They are a dividend challenger, having paid increased dividends for 5 straight years! They also just purchases another company called Skip Hop that should add additional profits to the bottom line. CFRA (formerly S&P Capital IQ) currently rates them a 4-star buy with a 3-year CAGR of 16%.
This next stock is currently a 5-Star screaming buy from Morningstar. It’s one of only 9 stocks currently ranked 5-stars. Everyone knows and has purchased this brand, Hanes! Hanes owns Hanes brands obviously which is better known for their underwear and Michael Jordan commercials, they also own Champion, Bali and Playtex to name a few. The great thing about Hanes is that their brands are everywhere and they don’t need their own retail footprint. They sell mainly online and through major department stores. You’ll even find their stuff on Amazon. The stock is rated a 3-star buy from CFRA with a 3-year CAGR of 17%. HBI currently yields 2.6% with an extremely low payout of 10%. They are also a dividend challenger, having paid out higher dividends for 5 straight years.
Now this third stock is probably more well known within the DGI community as a popular stock. It also has a much larger market cap in comparison. The stock is Disney. DIS currently yields 1.5% and is a dividend challenger. They have paid higher dividends for 7 straight years. Morningstar gives them a 4-star raiting as well as CFRA.
I’ve purchased equal dollar amount in these three stocks and plan to make small contributions to the account on a weekly basis. I’ll be tracking the performance and adding new position or dollar-cost-averaging in current ones.
I thought what better way to teach a child dividend growth investing than to purchase stock in companies that he uses products from. The retail sector has taken a beating lately and I figured I’d pick up a couple stocks there that I believe will still be around when my son goes to college. These stocks have been added to my portfolio tab for tracking purposes.