Portfolio Update (January 2017)

After breaking for six months in updating this blog, I have finally found time to sit down and continue to update the blog on my stock investing. Hopefully, this year, we can see some good profits and dividend payouts.

The month of January, most of the stock holdings in my portfolio are in the positive range with the exception of Clorox Co (NYSE: CLX). Overall, the portfolio is in the green as well, thanks to Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADP).


For the month of January, two companies in my portfolio paid dividends. These include:

  1. Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADP) – $6.36
  2. PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE: PEP) – $7.64

All the dividends paid for the month were reinvested.

Total Year-to-Date (YTD) dividends, as of January 31, is $14.00 or 0.26%.

Stock Symbol YTD Dividends*
Home Depot, Inc. HD $0.00 0.00%
Johnson & Johnson JNJ $0.00 0.00%
Automatic Data Processing, Inc. ADP $6.36 0.71%
Clorox Co CLX $0.00 0.00%
PepsiCo, Inc. PEP $7.64 0.79%
Total Dividends $14.00 0.26%

* YTD dividends (%) excludes the dividends that were reinvested.

Stock Holdings

There were no buying or selling of stock holdings, dividends from ADP and PEP added 0.043 and 0.052 shares respectively.

Stock Symbol Shares Cost Basis
With Dividends Without Dividends
Home Depot, Inc. HD 8.119 $1,030.87  $1,008.67
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 9.177 $946.24  $917.68
Automatic Data Processing, Inc. ADP 11.206 $929.11  $901.98
Clorox Co CLX 4.141 $542.00  $516.72
PepsiCo, Inc. PEP 10.199 $1001.12  $971.29
Total Investment Amount $5,794.79  $5,756.45

Profit & Loss

There was not much movements in the profit & loss within my portfolio. All of the stock holdings are in profit, except for CLX who remained in the red.

Stock Symbol Profit/Loss
Home Depot, Inc. HD $86.14 8.36%
Johnson & Johnson JNJ $93.06 9.83%
Automatic Data Processing, Inc. ADP $202.58 21.80%
Clorox Co CLX $45.08 5.41%
PepsiCo, Inc. PEP $57.33 5.73%
Total Profit/Loss $394.03 4.68%

Portfolio Outlook

After cutting some of the stock holdings, the remaining of the companies in the portfolio currently looks promising and have a chance of getting good dividend payouts in this year.

Taking a Good Break

I have been taking a break since April this year and this 8 months break was a well needed one. Come January 2017, I will start off the journey again to financial freedom. For those who are interested in knowing what has happened meanwhile, do read on.

To all of Investor Monkey’s visitors, thank you for all the support so far. As I am currently busy trying to do a major revamp of my website as well as kickstarting my web design business at the same time thus I had been very inactive since April 2016.

The website continued to serve you all news that is relevant to my portfolio and I am glad that I do see quite a number of you (through my Google Analytics) had returned to my website constantly to see if there are any updates.

Thank you.

You may have realised that there is a major change in the theme of my website. This is because I had to change to a new hosting server and I did not wish to move the theme over so as to constantly remind myself to quickly settle my business website and then create my own new theme for Investor Monkey.

What to expect from the next change?

I have not really given a serious thought on where I will be bringing Investor Monkey to. Maybe I should during the Christmas holidays. But one thing for sure, I will be doing a monthly update of my portfolio as what I had did in the past before I took the long break.

You will probably be expecting weekly articles on my personal view of the market.

For those who are always back to my old site for news update. Do you still want them? Do drop me a comment below if you prefer to have them back.

An Update to My Portfolio

Because of an upcoming commitment coming up, I was forced to cut some of my positions. It was a tough decision to make as I had absolute faith in all the companies that I had invested in.

However, I do need to cut around $500 worth of my investments and freeze new investments, at least till next year.

The cut in the investments is really a move that I did not anticipate. I truly believe in investing in money that I would not need in the longer future (at least 10 years) and thus by cutting it, it really broke this “rule”.

So what did I cut?

Well, after much research, I decide to go for Clorox Co. (NYSE:CO). Not because it is no longer a company worth holding but because the investment is in the red. It was the least strong investment in my portfolio and thus I had no choice but to reduce my investment in the company.

As mentioned, I would be freezing any new investments till at least next year, thus from now till at least next December, I will not be increasing my investment portfolio, except for the DRIP shares.

Till my next update in January. Happy Investing!

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Portfolio Update (April 2016)

The stock market seems to have recovered from the big drop in January. The two of the three major indices had closed above the close of 2015. Stock prices have climbed higher with more investors entering the market, pushing my portfolio overall PnL into the green zone.

For the month of April, we see that the market seems to be performing better. My portfolio saw all but one company still in the red. Everything looks pretty normal, except for Abbott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT), who plunged 3.71% on the last day of April. Have been trying to find out why the stock price suddenly ‘gap down’ and if it is a cause for concern for our long term investment.


For the month of March, 3 companies from my portfolio paid dividends. They include:

  1. Automatic Data Processing (NASDAQ: ADP) – $5.84

All dividends paid for the month were reinvested.

Total year-to-date (YTD) dividends, as of April 30, is $40.20 or 0.70%, excluding the dividends that were reinvested.

Stock Symbol YTD Dividends
Home Depot, Inc. HD $5.52 0.55%
Johnson & Johnson JNJ $6.75 0.74%
Automatic Data Processing, Inc. ADP $9.02 1.00%
Clorox Co CLX $6.16 0.63%
PepsiCo, Inc. PEP $7.03 0.72%
Abbott Laboratories ABT $5.72 0.58%
Total Dividends $40.20 0.70%

Stock Holdings

Stock Symbol Shares Cost Basis
With Dividends Without Dividends
Home Depot, Inc. HD 8.029 $1,014.19  $1,008.67
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 9.044 $924.43  $917.68
Automatic Data Processing, Inc. ADP 11.027 $910.99  $901.98
Clorox Co CLX 8.034 $977.82  $973.51
PepsiCo, Inc. PEP 10.048 $978.32  $971.29
Abbott Laboratories ABT 22.104 $989.04  $983.32
Total Investment Amount $5,794.79  $5,756.45

Profit & Loss

HD had seen a swing into profit in April as compared to the previous month while ABT plunging 3.71% further into the red on the last day of April.

Stock Symbol Profit/Loss
Home Depot, Inc. HD $61.05 6.02%
Johnson & Johnson JNJ $89.22 9.65%
Automatic Data Processing, Inc. ADP $68.22 7.49%
Clorox Co CLX $28.28 2.89%
PepsiCo, Inc. PEP $56.82 5.81%
Abbott Laboratories ABT $128.75 13.02%
Total Profit/Loss $174.84 3.02%

Portfolio Outlook

The companies in my portfolio looks healthy and are recovering. There is nothing to be worried about for the time.