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Danny Guttridge of Kapital.com reports on the four top dividend picks of Hedge Fund Meister David Tepper. They are

  • Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) -- who doesn't know what Microsoft does? Market cap at $275.64B. Dividend yield at 2.44%, payout ratio at 25.77%.
  • International Paper Co. (IP) is a paper and packaging company with operations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia, and north Africa. Market cap at $15.71B. Dividend yield at 2.92%, payout ratio at 33.05%.
  • Masco Corporation (MAS) distributes, and installs home improvement and building products for home improvement and new home construction markets in North America and Europe. Market cap at $4.86B. Dividend yield at 2.21%, with a loss last year, the payout ratio is meaningless
  • Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP (CLMT) produces and markets hydrocarbon products in North America. Market cap at $1.27B. Dividend yield at 8.60%, payout ratio at 218.11%.

One of the issues with a stock selected by a hedge fund manager is that they may not plan to buy and hold for any length of time. So it could be that these are being held for other reasons. I note that MAS made a loss last year and that CLMT's payout ratio is 218% which is not sustainable in the long term. It could be that this is a blip but it causes concern.

The selections are diversified into different market segments and they range in size from around $1B to $275B. It will be interesting to see how the returns compare against our dividend bearing ETF portfolio

AssetFund in this portfolio
REAL ESTATE(ICF) iShares Cohen & Steers Realty Majors
CASHCASH
FIXED INCOME(TIP) iShares Barclays TIPS Bond
Emerging Market(VWO) Vanguard Emerging Markets Stock ETF
US EQUITY(DVY) iShares Dow Jones Select Dividend Index
US EQUITY(VIG) Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF
INTERNATIONAL EQUITY(IDV) iShares Dow Jones Intl Select Div Idx
High Yield Bond(HYG) iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bd
INTERNATIONAL BONDS(EMB) iShares JPMorgan USD Emerg Markets Bond


Portfolio Performance Comparison

Portfolio/Fund NameYTD
Return
1Yr AR1Yr Sharpe3Yr AR3Yr Sharpe5Yr AR5Yr Sharpe
Retirement Income ETFs Tactical Asset Allocation Moderate-0%-1%1%9%72%8%55%
Retirement Income ETFs Strategic Asset Allocation Moderate4%1%16%17%112%2%9%
David Teppers Top 4 Dividend Stock Picks27%26%98%39%140%-0%-3%

This selection of stocks is doing pretty well over the three year period but they suffered badly in the first of the market meltdowns. It also has seen some turbulence in the second half of 2011. All of these are solid companies that sell established products. It seems unlikely to me that any of them are going to have growth like Apple -- that is not their business. I can almost hear the people at Microsoft scream but the best they can hope for is solid growth in their Windows8 market.

Three Month Chart One Year Chart Three Year Chart Five Year Chart

This appears to be a reasonable set of stocks that has underperformed the benchmark in the longer term but has done better in the three and one year horizons and is still going. I think that their valuations are going to be tied to the recovery of the US market and I would keep a close eye on what David Tepper does with his holdings.

Source: David Tepper's Top Dividend Stock Picks

Additional disclosure: MyPlanIQ does not have any business relationship with the company or companies mentioned in this article. It does not set up their retirement plans. The performance data of portfolios mentioned above are obtained through historical simulation and are hypothetical.