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Clorox (CLX) Stock Analysis

The Clorox Company is a premier manufacturer and marketer of consumer and professional products of which 80% hold the top 1 or 2 market share positions. Operating in more than 100 countries with over 8,000 employees, the company’s latest annual revenues exceed 5.7 billion.

The Clorox dividend has been paid continuously since 1968 and increased for 39 consecutive years; qualifying the company as a Dividend Aristocrat and Dividend Champion.

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McDonald’s (MCD) Stock Analysis

McDonald’s is the largest food service retailer in the world with over 36,000 locations in 120 countries. The value-priced menu centers around their hamburgers and cheeseburgers. Iconic menu items include the Big Mac, Quarter Pounder, Filet-O-Fish, Chicken McNuggets, World Famous Fries, and more recently McCafe beverages and McFlurry desserts.

The fast casual category is very mature and growing chains such as Five Guys, In-N-Out Burger, and Shake Shack put pressure on McDonald’ s to keep prices low and/or upgrade their product offerings. It’s a tough business. Find out whether MCD is a good investment or not.

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Hormel Foods (HRL) Stock Analysis

The increasing demand for protein rich foods means Hormel Foods is on the right side of a powerful trend. Hormel’s competitive advantages include powerful brands and economies of scale which allows the company to spread costs over a large base. In addition its size gives the company purchasing power when contracting with suppliers.

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Home Depot (HD) Stock Analysis

Home Depot (HD) operates over 2,250 home improvement stores in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. With over 94 billion in revenues, Home Depot is the largest home improvement retailer in the world.

Home Depot is benefiting from a robust housing market and its extensive improvements in their merchandising and distribution system. The company’s capital allocations have been used to increase shareholder value through rising dividends, stock buybacks, and capital investments.

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Cisco Systems (CSCO) Stock Analysis

Cisco is a global leader ($49 Billion in revenue) in designing, manufacturing, selling, and providing solutions for for a broad line of information technology based products and services.

Cisco Systems has the management and financial strength to successfully transform itself from a company emphasizing individual products to a solutions and services company with a much higher percentage of recurring revenue than in the past.

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General Electric (GE) Stock Analysis

General Electric is an industrial powerhouse being redesigned to 
“build, power, move, and cure the world with software-defined machines & solutions that are connected, responsive & predictive.” The company has a long and illustrious history of achievement and high returns for investors.

A company does not thrive over 100 years without significant competitive advantages. GE has a wide economic moat because of its research & development, patents, established customer relationships, ability to do large and complex projects (because of its size and expertise), and strong brand.

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PepsiCo (PEP) Dividend Stock Analysis

PepsiCo (PEP) is the global leader in the manufacture, marketing, and distribution of food (52%) and beverages (48%). PepsiCo concentrates on convenience items that “go from package to consumption in seconds”.

PepsiCo has a wide economic moat because of its dominant snack brands. Competitive advantages include economies of scale, an adapting product line, strategic assets, and barriers to entry. The dominating distribution network and marketing prowess of PepsiCo allow it to successfully add products that are gaining favor with consumers.

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