3 Important Dividend Stocks In My Stock Portfolio

I have a strong reason to keep dividend stocks, Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P. (TSX:BIP.UN, NYSE:BIP), and Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD, NYSE:TD), in my portfolio.

Johnson & Johnson logo

Johnson & Johnson

Allow me to be crystal clear. J&J will not deliver the highest returns as a stock in the healthcare space. I have other stocks for that. At the moment, that includes deep-value dividend stock, CVS Health (NYSE:CVS).

However, J&J’s financial performance is highly stable and predictable. Since 1999, the diversified healthcare conglomerate has increased earnings every single year on a per-share basis. Not surprisingly, it has increased its dividend every year in that period as well. 

Source: F.A.S.T. Graphs – J&J’s earnings and dividends persistently grow

Therefore, J&J stock serves as an excellent anchor for a diversified portfolio. Even when a recession hits, there’s no need to worry about its staying power. In fact, in the last two recessions, it thrived with double-digit earnings and dividend growth!

To sum it up, JNJ stock serves as a stabilizer and high-quality cash cow in my portfolio. I’ll continue adding to it at good valuations as a core holding of my diversified portfolio. 

Currently, I’d consider the stock to be fairly valued to modestly undervalued. At $135 per share, it trades at 15.7x earnings and is estimated to have earnings-per-share growth of 6% per year over the next three to five years. The stock also tends to command a premium multiple due to its high quality.

JNJ stock offers a safe yield of 2.8% backed by a payout ratio of 44%. It’s set to increase its dividend in late April.  

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The King Of Content Is Bigger And Better And This Is What I’m Doing

Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) is a king of content but it needed to deliver that content to consumers the way they want to consume it. Since 2016, it has begun transforming for that need…

Should You Buy Disney Today?

The last year was a major investment year for Disney, namely Twenty-First Century Fox for $71 billion and capital expenditures (“CapEx”) that were up 9.2% year over year to $4.9 billion, and the CapEx is set to increase by a further 10% next year.

Moreover, Disney expects the DTC & International segment to generate ~$800 million in operating losses for fiscal Q1 2020 but to be accretive to EPS for fiscal 2021 and realize cost synergies of more than $2 billion from operating efficiencies by 2021.

Because Disney is fully valued today, we think there are better investment ideas out there, such as from our top dividend ideas list. Investors may just get a better entry point in the coming 12 months.

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5 Top Stocks for November 2019

Contributors at Motley Fool Canada (including myself) cooked up a list of 16 top stocks for November 2019. I further reduced it to 5 top stocks that I like not just for this month but for the long term as well.

Four of the 5 stocks pay a dividend, including 3 dividend stocks that offer juicy but safe yields of up to 6.1%. Without further ado, the 5 top stocks are Alimentation Couche-Tard (TSX:ATD.B), Enbridge (TSX:ENB)(NYSE:ENB), Pembina Pipeline (TSX:PPL)(NYSE:PBA), SmartCentres Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:SRU.UN), and Spin Master (TSX:TOY).

Enbridge and Pembina are both energy infrastructure companies, but Enbridge is markedly larger with an enterprise value of almost CAD$174 billion compared to Pembina’s more than CAD$34 billion. The rest of the stocks are in different spaces and together handily make a pretty diversified and quality portfolio.

Alimentation Couche-Tard for long-term growth

Source: Author – One of Couche-Tard’s Circle K locations in Toronto

Couche-Tard just had a stock split recently. The growth stock has simply been taking a breather and consolidating after running up more than 50% from early 2018.

Couche-Tard is an exemplary M&A growth story. It has successfully acquired about 10,200 stores across 60 deals since 2004. In the period, the stock delivered total returns of 21% per year! 

The company only yields 0.6%, but its payout has shot up at a rocket pace — over 8 years, its dividend has increased at a compound annual growth rate of 27.8%! Its last dividend hike in fiscal Q3 was 25%!

Going forward, as Couche-Tard has matured and heading into its 40th year next year, it’ll be shifting its growth focus from 70% acquisitions and 30% organic in the past to 50% from each. Management still sees growth by acquisition opportunities in the fragmented fuel and convenience industry.

Today, at $39 and change per share, the stock trades at a forward price-to-earnings ratio (P/E) of 18.5, which implies a decent PEG ratio of about 1.6 based on the estimated earnings growth of 10.6-12.3% per year over the next 3-5 years. 

Enbridge offers a safe 6.1% yield and stable growth

Enbridge has worked hard and come a long way after taking on too much debt to acquire Spectra Energy in 2017 and selling off non-core assets to reduce the debt levels.

The stock was also depressed by delays in the Line 3 Replacement project. That said, if Enbridge successfully places the Canadian portion of the project into service as it plans to for this quarter, the stock should shoot up much higher by year end. 

ENB Dividend Yield (TTM) Chart

ENB Dividend Yield (TTM) data by YCharts

Assuming a fair yield of 4.5%, the stock should trade at CAD$65.60 per share. First, the stock needs to break above the CAD$50 resistance, though.

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