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Dec 2, 2022
Dividend Increases/Decreases for the Week of December 2
Let's take a look at firms raising/lowering their dividends this week.
Nov 16, 2022
Home Depot Says Customers Remain “Resilient and Engaged”
Image: Home Depot's third-quarter performance wasn't bad. Inventories expanded, but management reiterated that its core customer remains resilient and engaged. Image Source: Home Depot. Home Depot’s third-quarter report was solid, all things considered. The firm offset weaker transactions with a higher average ticket to driven solid comp performance. Management noted that its core customer remains resilient, and while inventories have ballooned on a year-over-year basis, we’re less concerned about the inventory build as most of Home Depot’s inventory is of the non-perishable variety. We like the firm as an idea in the simulated Dividend Growth Newsletter portfolio, though we continue to pay attention to the health of its balance sheet, which includes a considerable net debt position.
Oct 30, 2022
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Oct 20, 2022
Announcing Valuentum’s Customer Appreciation Day Winners!
Let's see who won an autographed copy of Value Trap and what they said about Valuentum's research! We applaud all of our members in their quest to preserve and generate long-term wealth. Keep going strong!
Oct 19, 2022
New Payment Option! Valuentum Research Update!
We're excited to say that we're adding additional payment flexibility at Valuentum. Many members have expressed interest in paying via other providers, and we have added Square to the mix. You can use credit or debit card or bank (ACH) to pay via invoice. With all of the goings-on in the financial technology and payments space, we wanted to continue to provide members options to pay their memberships how they want and through who they want. You can always reach out to us at email@example.com.
Oct 14, 2022
Banks Held Up in 3Q 2022 But Mortgage Market Dynamics and Consumer Health Are Big Economic Concerns
Image: Homebuyer mortgage payments on new homes have increased more than 50% since last year due to rising interest rates. We think this is a precursor to lower housing prices, which could have implications across the banking and financials sector. Image Source: Redfin. Third-quarter 2022 earnings reports from the money center banks weren’t bad, but we’re concerned about the impact of rising mortgage rates on originations coupled with weakness in asset values across the residential and commercial real estate markets. Consumer personal savings rates are already suffering as many seek to use revolving credit to deal with inflationary pressures. We like the Financials Select Sector SPDR (XLF) as the best way to play diversified exposure to the banking and financials industry, an ETF that we include in the Best Ideas Newsletter portfolio, but there's a lot to worry about, including global financial contagion risk from Europe.
Sep 28, 2022
Things Are Bad Out There
The Bank of England’s intervention to stem what might have turned into a “run on the bank” dynamic for pension funds in the country amid a collapsing pound has given rise to the view that the Fed may start to slow its rate of increases amid global uncertainty. We think it’s too early to tell. From our perspective, the Fed remains committed to stomping out inflation, something that it may not truly be able to do, given that interest rate hikes may be too blunt of an instrument to stymie food cost inflation, which remains one of the the biggest inflationary headwinds that is hurting consumer budgets. What is happening on the global stage is quite concerning, and we remain bearish on the equity markets. The bull case may very well be a deep recession in the U.S., where dollar cost averaging in the U.S. markets could be had, followed by sharp interest rate cuts by the Fed, and a return to all-time highs. This is not a time to lose interest, but a time to pay even closer attention to your investments. What you do over the next couple years will have implications on your portfolio 5, 10, and 20 years forward. Let’s keep focused on preserving and building long-term wealth!
Sep 11, 2022
U.S. Housing Market Showing Signs of Weakness
Image Shown: The U.S. housing market is starting to show signs of weakness. Companies involved in the home building business in the U.S. are starting to feel the heat, with the iShares US Home Construction ETF down ~30% year-to-date as of early September 2022 on a price-only basis. The national U.S. housing market has been on fire during the past few years. Sharp increases in U.S. housing prices are now contending with rising mortgage rates, which is prompting the question, are U.S. housing prices heading for a crash? Affordability issues are rampant, with many households now priced out of the market, and signs of weakness are emerging in the U.S. housing market. We think the prospect for rising mortgage interest rates could send housing prices spiraling lower, but nothing like that of the housing crisis of 2007-2009.
Aug 19, 2022
Nelson: The 16 Most Important Steps To Understand The Stock Market
Image Source: Tim Green. We outline the '16 Most Important Steps to Understand the Stock Market.' We think it's important to take a read of these key stock market tenets when things are going great -- and perhaps even more important when things aren't going your way. This continues to be a working document.
Aug 19, 2022
Dividend Growth Idea Home Depot Beats Estimates, Maintains Guidance
Image Shown: Dividend growth idea Home Depot is a stellar free cash flow generator in almost any operating environment. Historically, the home improvement retailer’s free cash flows have fully covered its dividend obligations, and we forecast that will continue to be the case going forward. However, we caution that its sizable share repurchases are being funded in part by its balance sheet. The firm has a large net debt load on the books. Image Source: Home Depot Inc – Second Quarter of Fiscal 2022 IR Earnings Presentation. On August 16, Home Depot reported second-quarter earnings for fiscal 2022 (period ended July 31, 2022) that beat both consensus top- and bottom-line estimates. The home improvement retailer also reaffirmed its guidance for fiscal 2022 in conjunction with its latest earnings update. We like Home Depot as an idea in the Dividend Growth Newsletter portfolio. Shares of HD yield ~2.4% as of this writing, and our fair value estimate sits at $345 per share of Home Depot, well above where the company’s shares are trading at as of this writing. Home Depot’s free cash flow generating abilities and pricing power are impressive, and its growth runway remains largely intact, even in the face of sizable exogenous shocks.
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