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  • Ten for 2010: Value with Dividends 0 comments
    Jan 4, 2010 9:16 AM | about stocks: BMY, CVS, DIS, IDA, MCD, QCOM, SYY, T, UN, WMT

    As the new year opens at the NYSE in a few moments, I'll offer up my own stock picks for the year.

    No deep science here, I'm fairly new to the market, and I tend to borrow from many analytic schemes and consider a number of analysts and stock-picking online communities.

    I'm fairly conservative - my annual target summarizes well enough:

    an above-average dividend stream (above S&P --3%?) alongside modest valuation growth (near S&P --5%?) through small regular (monthly) investments.
    The figures there are guesses based on expectation for S&P 2010 performance after the roller coast of the past two years.  This is not my only, or even principal, retirement vehicle, but those others have various limits.  Each month around the 15th (my payday) I'll pick a stock or two to buy.  From time to time I may sell as well.  I use a trailing stop-loss of 15% from highest buy price or last buy price, whichever is less.

    (alphabetized by ticker symbol)
    Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. (NYSE:BMY)  Big Pharma with strong bio-pharm aspects 5.1% DivYield
    CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE:CVS) Retail Drugs - more international than WAG. 1.5% DivYield
    Walt Disney Co. (NYSE:DIS) has never failed me, but strong performance  last year raises concerns for 2010.  1.1% DivYield
    IdaCorp, Inc. (NYSE:IDA)  strong hydro aspect means less dependent on foreign oil  3.8% DivYield
    McDonald's Corp. (NYSE:MCD) 3.1% DivYield
    QUALCOMM Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) most new phones run on their technology. home-town company. 1.5% DivYield
    Sysco Corp. (NYSE:SYY) 3.4% DivYield
    AT&T, Inc. (NYSE:T) toss-up with Verizon, I chose Ma Bell. 6% DivYield
    Unilever NV (NYSE:UN) International presence 2.4% DivYield
    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT) cheaper than Amazon. 2% DivYield
    -- No Tobacco, Alcohol, Firearms, or Big Polluters.

    I've not attempted to diversity across too many sectors, nor across capitalization or exchanges. Obviously, where the dividend yield is lower, I'm hoping for more growth, but nothing aggressive here.

    Disclosure: Long on BMY, CVS, DIS, IDA, T, UN, WMT
    Stocks: BMY, CVS, DIS, IDA, MCD, QCOM, SYY, T, UN, WMT
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