Portfolio Update (February 2016)

The stock market did not do well in the first month of 2016 but in February, the outlook of the market look more positive with investors coming back into the market to buy stocks that are on discount. What impact has it got on my portfolio and how is my portfolio looking now after the 9% plunge in the Dow Jones Industrial Average in just two weeks in January.

Realised that I had actually forgotten to do an update for the month of January as I was busy preparing for Chinese New Year in the early part of February.

This year did not start off very well and we had seen a major sell-off in the month of January with China’s major stock exchanges triggering “circuit breakers” consecutively and the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunging 9.52% from the last trading day of 2015 till mid-January 2016.

In February, we have seen a partial recovery of the stock index and it looks like the investors are coming back, picking discounted stocks to add into their portfolio.

Dividends

For the month of January, I had received $3.18 worth of dividends from Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADP) while Clorox Co (NYSE: CLX) and Abott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT) paid their dividends of $6.16 and $5.72 respectively in February.

Total year-to-date (YTD) dividends, as of February 29, is $15.06 or 0.26%, inclusive of the dividends that were reinvested.

All the dividends were reinvested.

Stock Symbol YTD Dividends
Home Depot, Inc. HD $0.00 0.00%
Johnson & Johnson JNJ $0.00 0.00%
Automatic Data Processing, Inc. ADP $3.18 0.35%
Clorox Co CLX $6.16 0.63%
PepsiCo, Inc. PEP $0.00 0.00%
Abbott Laboratories ABT $5.72 0.58%
Total Dividends $15.06 0.26%

Stock Holdings

Stock Symbol Shares Cost Basis
Home Depot, Inc. HD 8.00 $1,008.67
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 9.00 $917.68
Automatic Data Processing, Inc. ADP 11.027 $904.19
Clorox Co CLX 8.034 $977.82
PepsiCo, Inc. PEP 10.00 $971.29
Abbott Laboratories ABT 22.104 $989.04
Total Investment Amount $5,768.69

Profit & Loss

Most of the stocks within my portfolio managed to recover and entered into the profit zones with the exceptions of Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE: HD) and Abott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT). Overall health status of the portfolio looks healthy.

Stock Symbol Profit/Loss
Home Depot, Inc. HD $15.71 1.56%
Johnson & Johnson JNJ $27.86 3.04%
Automatic Data Processing, Inc. ADP $29.68 3.28%
Clorox Co CLX $37.84 3.87%
PepsiCo, Inc. PEP $6.71 0.71%
Abbott Laboratories ABT $132.73 13.42%
Total Profit/Loss $46.15 0.80%

Portfolio Outlook

Although Abbott Laboratories had fallen 13.4% from my average purchase price, the stock price is mainly affected by the unfavourable exchange rate, lowering their earnings. I will continue to monitor the situation and decide if there is a need to readjust the portfolio.

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) had recently also made headlines when they admitted to some of their products contains cancer causing ingredients. However, JNJ had cited that they had used minimal amounts of the ingredients. Although the admitting of the use of cancer causing ingredients will not do good on the company outlook, I will continue to hold on my portfolio and judge if there will be a need to invest the money into another company.