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Growth Has Finally Dawned On IBM As It Continues To Transform

I recently took another look at International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM). Some people thinks it’s done for as after it reached a high of $215 in 2013, it has since gone down to the $150 area and now it’s back up to the $170 area. Is IBM still a valid investment?

Here’s why I believe IBM is turning a new leaf with proof of growth.

Summary

  1. IBM is transforming its business, just like its many enterprise clients who want to extract value with new technologies such as the cloud, Big Data, analytics, social, and mobile.
  2. IBM is innovating, moving towards high value products and services, as well as developing open ecosystems and forming strategic partnerships with leading companies including Apple, Facebook, Twitter, SAP, and Tencent.
  3. Other than its Hybrid Cloud, IBM’s customizable POWER microprocessor, and Watson Analytics are also showing promising growth potential.
  4. The company is undervalued and at a high yield of 3%, its shares are attractive.

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Dividend Stocks at a Value: January 2015 Watchlist

A good dividend stock pays and even raises its dividend whether the market goes up or down. As long as you don’t sell the shares, you will always get a positive return (the dividends you receive) no matter how the market behaves. Recently, there has been a lot of volatility in the Energy sector due to oil price plummeting so an investor could value dig there to get a high starting yield and potential return once oil price goes up again…that is if one can stand the volatility and the possibility of more downside in the near-term. That’s why I like buying in small chucks at opportune times when a company on my watchlist is priced at a value. Dollar-cost averaging allows the flexibility of buying more shares at a lower price when the market behaves negatively.

For this month, I looked over my current holdings to see which dividend payers are good values to buy. There are also other good Energy companies to look into, including Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), Enbridge Inc (TSX:ENB)(NYSE:ENB), TransCanada Corporation (TSX:TRP)(NYSE:TRP), Inter Pipeline Ltd (TSX:IPL), Suncor Energy Inc (TSX:SU)(NYSE:SU), Cenovus Energy Inc (TSX:CVE)(NYSE:CVE), Canadian Natural Resources Limited (TSX:CNQ)(NYSE:CNQ), and Vermilion Energy Inc (TSX:VET)(NYSE:VET).

Classic Dividend Companies

This list shows the current yields, and I believe are good starting yields (with respective to the company’s historical yields) to start buying into these companies if you believe in the future of these companies.

  • Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS)(NYSE:BNS) – yield: 4.16%
  • Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX) – yield: 3.96%
  • International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) – yield: 2.82%

Bank of Nova Scotia

Bank of Nova Scotia logo

Bank of Nova Scotia is the third largest bank in Canada. This Canadian leading bank provides financial services in over 55 countries. It’s medium-term objectives were met in 2014. The 2015 medium-term objectives is the same as 2014. For example, earnings per share growth is expected to be between 5 and 10%, while return on equity is expected to be between 15 and 18%.

A table for Scotiabank 2014 Medium-Term Financial Objectives Met
Source: Bank of Nova Scotia Q4 2014 Investor Presentation, Slide 5

Chevron

Chevron logo
Chevron is a large oil company, which pays an attractive dividend of over 3.9%, 20% higher than its 5-year average of 3.3%. It’s paying out 38% of its earnings for its dividends. Historically, this is at the higher end of its yield range, unless one wants to shoot for above 4.25%, which looks possible.
CVX Dividend Yield (TTM) Chart

CVX Dividend Yield (TTM) data by YCharts

If history is telling, then, having raised dividends for 27 years in a row, CVX will be increasing its dividend in Q2 of 2015 even amidst low oil prices. Additionally, Morningstar gives it 4-stars, meaning the shares are currently undervalued.
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