Not Done Yet

Today we applaud IBM for raising its dividend 18%. Stock sold off last week on what some would say was mixed results. 1st quarter numbers came in $.04 above consensus at $1.97 while revenues were flat year over year. We continue to like the stock [...]

April 28th, 2010|

53 Years of Shareholder Loyalty

Emerson Electric Co. (EMR) Here’s a company that has increased its dividend for 53 consecutive years. With $2.07 in free cash flow, we expect this trend to continue. Company reports on 5/4, $.54e versus $.53. This will be the first quarter of positive year over [...]

April 22nd, 2010|

Blowout Quarter for ITW

1. On 4/20, ITW reported 1st qtr eps of .58 versus a $.21 in 2009 (from continuing operations). Consensus was looking for $.57. 2. Most importantly, revenues were up 14.6% from last year’s quarter. I was impressed to see that North America’s base revenues were [...]

April 21st, 2010|

Autos in the Driver’s Seat

Tyco Electronics Ltd. (TEL) Expected to report 1Q on 4/28, $.52 versus $.14 in 2009. This company is a great proxy for the overall economy as they manufacture many goods from consumer to industrial. On a fundamental basis: 1. Strong cash flow of $2.21/sh. 2. [...]

April 20th, 2010|

On the Right Track

Coca Cola (KO) We have previously blogged about and want to reiterate the following: Stock has a 3% dividend yield (50% higher than the S&P!), over $1.00 in free cash flow/sh and only 17% debt to total cap! 1. Company focus on improving product mix [...]

April 19th, 2010|

Triple Whammy for Intel (INTC)

INTC announced it's 1Q earnings results. The quarter beat expectations on both a revenue and eps level. The street was looking for revenues of $9.7 billion and came in at $10.3 billion. Earnings consensus was $.38 and posted $.43. In addition, gross margins for the [...]

April 15th, 2010|

T. Row Price Group (TROW)

Cost controls + new products is the theme for this financial sector stock. The financial sector has been a difficult place for us to find companies we are comfortable with. Given the government involvement and lack of dividend security, we are underweight this sector. However, [...]

April 12th, 2010|

Are We in the Sweet Spot?

That was the question posed to Leon Cooperman yesterday morning on CNBC. His response was a strong yes! The sweet spot he is referring to is the perfect time to be moving out of bonds into stocks. Low interest rates, a fairly valued stock market [...]

April 7th, 2010|

Cash Is King

Yes, cash is king, but it certainly does no good under the mattress! One of the most cash rich sectors out their are the industrial. This is an over-weighted sector for us and one of our favorite names is Illinois Tool Works (ITW). In addition [...]

March 31st, 2010|

On Thin Ice

Not surprised by Ben Bernanke's comments yesterday that the economy is fragile and will keep interest rates low for an indefinite period of time. I have to say that "indefinite period of time" phrase is a little spooky to me. Interesting that it took the [...]

March 26th, 2010|

Our thoughts today on maximizing your investments…

We at CAIM LLC hope you enjoy hearing our views about the markets and dividend paying stocks. Our first blog starts with our overall view of the economy, markets and investing. We look forward to hearing your comments! Economy We believe the worst of the [...]

March 18th, 2010|
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