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.

Portfolio Update (December 2015)

The year 2015 ended when the market closed on December 31. The end of a year marks the start of a new year and in 2016, I had to make some adjustments to my portfolio as the brokerage firm that I was using decided to discontinue its brokerage services in Singapore. A look at how my investment portfolio wrap up in the last month of the year.

2015 just ended marking the start of a new year, 2016. A brand new start for my portfolio as well. My broker, E*TRADE, had just announced the discontinuing of brokerage services in Singapore, leaving me to change my brokerage firm.

E*TRADE discontinuing brokerage service notice | Investor Monkey

After careful considerations and reviewing of available brokerage firms in Singapore, I had decided to move my investments to TD Ameritrade Asia.

The transfer of brokerage firm was quick and simple. Filling up the account transfer form and the transfer of the shares along with the account balances was moved to my new account. The only drawback was that the partial shares had to be liquidated as cash before the transfer. It does not affect me much since I had only just started the DRIP investing and there was not much partial shares.

As part of my investment plans, I will be putting aside approximately $500 a month for purchasing of new shares. For the past six months, I had put aside $3,000 and since the shares are doing a small pullback in price in mid-December, I see a small opportunity to purchase more shares for my portfolio at a small discount. After my ThinkOrSwim account is up and ready, I quickly transferred the $3,000 investment to the account and purchased more shares, on December 22, in the companies I am already invested in. Just in time to purchase the shares for the Christmas rally.

Number of shares and price that I had purchased with the $3,000 investments.

Stock Symbol Shares Price
Home Depot, Inc. HD 4.00 $131.37
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 4.00 $101.71
Automatic Data Processing, Inc. ADP 5.00 $84.76
Clorox Co CLX 4.00 $127.93
PepsiCo, Inc. PEP 5.00 $98.91
Abbott Laboratories ABT 11.00 $44.25

Dividends

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) paid dividends amounting to $3.77, before tax, on December 8.

Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE: HD) paid dividends amounting to $2.37, before tax, on December 17.

Because the dividends are paid to my E*TRADE account, these dividends were kept as account balances and later transferred to my ThinkOrSwim account.

Stock Symbol YTD Dividends
Home Depot, Inc. HD $4.73 0.98%
Johnson & Johnson JNJ $7.52 1.48%
Automatic Data Processing, Inc. ADP $2.94 0.62%
Clorox Co CLX $3.08 0.67%
PepsiCo, Inc. PEP $0.00 0.00%
Abbott Laboratories ABT $2.64 0.53%
Total Dividends $20.91 0.72%

Total year-to-date dividends paid till end-December is $20.91 or 0.72% of my total portfolio size, before I add on more shares to the portfolio.

Stock Holdings

Stock holdings as of December 31, 2015. Cost basis is the total invested amount, including dividends that were reinvested and the commissions and taxes paid. This cost will be used in the percentage calculations for YTD dividends, and profit and loss.

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 11.00 $901.98
Clorox Co CLX 8.00 $973.51
PepsiCo, Inc. PEP 10.00 $971.29
Abbott Laboratories ABT 22.00 $983.32
Total Investment Amount $5,756.45

Profit & Loss

My investment portfolio ended positive 2.78%, after including the newly purchased shares. Although the profits does not look great, it did better than the Dow Jones Industrial Average which closed lower at -1.02% for the year.

Stock Symbol Profit/Loss
Home Depot, Inc. HD $59.33 4.89%
Johnson & Johnson JNJ $6.80 0.74%
Automatic Data Processing, Inc. ADP $29.94 3.32%
Clorox Co CLX $41.13 4.22%
PepsiCo, Inc. PEP $27.91 2.87%
Abbott Laboratories ABT $4.70 0.48%
Total Profit/Loss $159.89 2.78%

Portfolio Update (November 2015)

While the Fed are still deciding if they would want to raise interest rates, investors and traders are now sitting on the fence to wait for the decision. Markets have rallied a little in November but slowed down nearer the end of the month as the expected date of the Fed announcing their decision creeped nearer.

While it has become more likely that the Fed will be increasing the interest rates, some stocks began to rally. As the day crawls closer to December 16, 2015, the day when Fed is supposed to announce a rate hike, price movement of the stocks in my portfolio started to slow down as investors and traders started to wait for the announcements before putting money into the equities market again.

Dividends

Clorox Co (NYSE:CLX) paid dividends amounting to $3.08, before tax, on November 13. The dividends had been converted to 0.0177 worth of shares at $121.8798 per share via DRIP

Abbott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT)  paid a dividends amounting to $2.64, before tax, on November 16. The dividend had been converted to 0.04170 worth of shares at $44.3976 per share via DRIP.

Stock Symbol YTD Dividends
Home Depot, Inc. HD $2.36 0.49%
Johnson & Johnson JNJ $3.75 0.74%
Automatic Data Processing, Inc. ADP $2.94 0.62%
Clorox Co CLX $3.08 0.67%
PepsiCo, Inc. PEP $0.00 0.00%
Abbott Laboratories ABT $2.64 0.53%
Total Dividends $14.77 0.51%

Total dividends paid till end-November is $14.77 or 0.51% of my total portfolio size.

Stock Holdings

Stock holdings as of November 30, 2015. Cost basis is the total invested amount, including dividends that were reinvested and the commissions and taxes paid. This cost will be used in the percentage calculations for YTD dividends, and profit and loss.

Stock Symbol Shares Cost Basis
Home Depot, Inc. HD 4.01400 $480.55
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 5.02812 $509.59
Automatic Data Processing, Inc. ADP 6.02550 $476.12
Clorox Co CLX 4.01770 $459.89
PepsiCo, Inc. PEP 5.00000 $471.74
Abbott Laboratories ABT 11.04170 $494.21
Total Investment Amount $2,892.10

Profit & Loss

With traders and investors feel that the Fed will be raising the interest rates for the first time over a decade, stocks began to rally and my portfolio all closed positive on the last day of November after some of the stocks slides in and out of the red zone a few days in the month.

Home Depot (NYSE: HD) traded on a nine days winning streak, and the rally stopped on the last day of the month. The stock traded at a all-time high of 135.47 on November 27, 2015.

Stock Symbol Profit/Loss
Home Depot, Inc. HD $57.24 11.91%
Johnson & Johnson JNJ $0.56 0.11%
Automatic Data Processing, Inc. ADP $43.64 9.17%
Clorox Co CLX $39.51 8.59%
PepsiCo, Inc. PEP $29.16 6.18%
Abbott Laboratories ABT $1.78 0.36%
Total Profit/Loss $171.90 5.94%