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My first purchase (½ position) of Raytheon (NYSE:RTN) was in August 2011 since I considered it to be a Dividend Growth Stock Perfect for Retirees. (data from David Fish's CCC charts and Yahoo Finance) At that time, the yield was 4.23% with a 5-yr dividend growth rate of 10.8% and a P/E of 7.5. I put it on the drip and went on to other stocks. Today, it is a full position and has a yield on my cost of 4.98% and a current yield of 2.48% with a 5-yr dividend growth rate of 13.9%. The P/E today is 15.01 and it just makes the Tweed Factor cutoff at +1.4. I recommended Raytheon in April 2013 in this article Buy Raytheon for Dividend Growth during the Summer Market Pullback.

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This stock has had significant capital appreciation this year and is up 57.56% in price. It appears that our government is in a defense buildup and has let many contracts recently to the defense contractors, including Raytheon. Sequestration now appears to be a thing of the past. We live in a risky world and other governments are buying defense items also.

With this in mind, I decided to update my dividend growth study to see how consistent RTN has been. I have produced a spreadsheet with a hypothetical $10,000 invested on 04/03/2009 and reinvested the dividends for 5 years.

StockDate of reinvestDiv Rate# SharesDividendDrip price# Shares purTotal ValueCurrent Yield
Totals 306.05$2,467.83 46.11

From the chart it can be seen that the yield has varied between 2.38% and 4.35%. The price has more than doubled over that time with significant growth since September 2013. I have graphed the results so that they can be more easily seen:

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Conclusion: Twenty thirteen has seen a powerful bull market with the S&P up nearly 30% year to date. There has been significant increase in the 10 year treasury yield from a low of 1.61% in May to 3%. Consumer spending has picked up this year and it appears to me that the economy is at a transitional point. Defense stocks can be considered a special industrial stock with stable demand. I consider RTN to be in the same sector as Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) which I also recommended in this article. When dealing with the industrial sector, one must consider cyclicality. Hopefully, RTN is not as cyclical as CAT. I will be buying this stock for my granddaughter's college fund. One should do their own due diligence before investing in anything!

Source: Raytheon: New Contracts Make It A Buy