High Yield Dividend Champion Portfolio - February Update

by: Scott's Investments

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The High Yield Dividend Champion Portfolio is a publicly tracked stock portfolio on Scott's Investments. The goal is to capture quality high yield stocks with a history of raising dividends.

The screening process for this portfolio starts with the "Dividend Champions" as compiled by DRIP Investing. The list is comprised of stocks that have increased their dividend payout for at least 25 consecutive years. Stocks are then ranked on yield, P/E, and 3-year dividend growth rate and assigned an overall rank.

Stocks are sold on the re-balance date (generally around the 5th of the month) when they drop out of the top 15 (to limit turnover) and are replaced with the next highest rated stock.

The top 25 stocks are below and displayed in order of their overall ranking (figures are from the end of November, "999" indicates a N/A value):

Name

Symbol

Yield

P/E

3-yr

Altria Group Inc.

MO

3.75

8.79

8.3

Target Corp.

TGT

3.3

15.8

8.7

AT&T Inc.

T

5.34

18

2.1

Meredith Corp.

MDP

3.3

15.98

6.3

Kimberly-Clark Corp.

KMB

3.42

18.28

5.6

Archer Daniels Midland

ADM

2.98

20.16

10.1

Old Republic International

ORI

3.54

11.25

1.4

Black Hills Corp.

BKH

3.42

21.12

5.1

Universal Health Realty Trust

UHT

4

20.54

1.6

Consolidated Edison

ED

3.56

20.14

3.1

Realty Income Corp.

O

4.94

43.6

5

Community Bank System

CBU

3.75

26.39

4.5

Leggett & Platt Inc.

LEG

3.1

18.83

5

United Bankshares Inc.

UBSI

3.7

19.37

1

Eagle Financial Services

EFSI

2.91

14.11

4.6

Sonoco Products Co.

SON

2.87

19.97

6.6

National Retail Properties

NNN

4.79

32.52

4.1

Computer Services Inc.

CSVI

2.67

19.7

15.8

Federal Realty Inv. Trust

FRT

3.31

38.47

7.1

People's United Financial

PBCT

3.51

20.28

1.5

Weyco Group Inc.

WEYS

2.84

19.36

5.1

National Fuel Gas

NFG

2.98

16.89

2.6

Mercury General Corp.

MCY

5.11

27.35

0.4

Vectren Corp.

VVC

2.97

22.37

5.4

Exxon Mobil Corp.

XOM

3.53

28.44

4.3

There is turnover in two positions this month. People's United Financial (NASDAQ:PBCT), a holding since July 2017, was sold for a capital gain of 7.05%. Weyco Group (NASDAQ:WEYS), a holding since March 2017 was sold for a capital gain of 7.08%. The proceeds were used to purchase Meredith Corporation (NYSE:MDP) and Black Hills Corp. (NYSE:BKH).

The current portfolio is below:

Position

Shares

Average Purchase Price

Initial Purchase Date

Cost Basis

Current Value

MDP

514

56.05

2/6/2018

$28,809.70

$28,809.70

KMB

246

115.49

10/9/2017

$28,410.54

$28,078.44

ORI

1145

16.22

4/4/2014

$18,571.90

$23,701.50

ADM

762

41.95

6/6/2017

$31,965.90

$32,004.00

TGT

391

68.65

6/3/2016

$26,842.15

$28,429.61

MO

400

58.14

1/7/2016

$23,256.00

$26,612.00

SON

552

51.21

10/9/2017

$28,267.92

$28,383.84

UBSI

820

35.8

1/10/2018

$29,356.00

$28,413.00

BKH

557

51.75

2/6/2018

$28,824.75

$28,824.75

T

650

38.13

3/7/2016

$24,784.50

$23,939.50

Cash

$19,184.44

Current Portfolio Value (excluding recent dividends):

$296,380.78

Disclosure: None