Here is the dividend income report for June, 2017.
The monthly dividend income came out to $761.91. The yearly income total for 2017 through the end of the month was $3108.53.
The income for June, 2016 was $684.76, and the yearly income for 2016 through the end of June was $2744.28.
There is not a whole lot to report this month. Just rolling along and making money.
One stock I am thinking about buying is Wal-Mart.
One theory going around is that the only reason retail is struggling is because of Amazon. But I think there are other factors as well.
Retail has always been a low margin business. The Great Recession caused people to consume less, and for a lot of people, consumption has not returned to pre-recession levels. So, yes, Amazon is getting a big slice of the pie, but the pie has gotten smaller (or at least is not growing as quickly).
The people who do have money are spending more on travel and food. Plus, despite the dip from the GR, the USA still has more retail space per capita than other countries. Any industry will have a hard time dealing with overcapacity.
Although Amazon is buying Whole Foods (and Wal-Mart is a big player in the grocery space), that might not threaten Wal-Mart as much as people think. WalMart not same clientele as Whole Foods, and when times get tough, people try to spend less money (see this page).
Plus a lot of retailers are owned by private equity firms who only know “financial engineering”, but not how to actually run a business (see this article on Naked Capitalism; also see some of the articles linked to in the preamble). If a big chunk of an industry gets the “strip and flip” model, there will be a lot of casualties. One thing PE firms do is split a retail firm and its real estate into separate entities, then charge the retail firm rent for the land it used to own, increasing its costs. As one commenter pointed out, is retail shrinking because Amazon is expanding, or is Amazon expanding because retail is shrinking?
The point is, I don’t think the story behind the troubles in the retail sector is as simple as “Amazon”.
One counter to the “Amazon eats the world” story is that Wal-Mart is trying to adapt. Walmart is working on e-commerce, and that part of their business is growing (see this page and this page). Wal-Mart has closed some stores. That is pretty huge in my opinion. For a long time, they thought the answer to all their problems was to just open more stores. And for a long time, it worked.
I think Wal-Mart is taking Amazon very seriously. Wal-Mart is trying to prevent some vendors from running apps on AWS (see this page). Moments ago the fecal matter departed the imaginary realm.
On the other hand, you still see articles like this: Wal-Mart Asks Employees to Deliver Packages on Their Way Home. So to a certain degree, it is the same old Wal-Mart. Stay classy, Bentonville.
Amazon going after everything (see this page and this page). If you look at oil, utilities, it has looked like a lot of dividend industries might be going through a lot of change. Amazon is targeting a lot of them. How are will they go? Who knows. But I think that once Bezos steps away from Amazon, any potential threat will diminish.
Here is a table with the year-to-date amounts, the monthly amounts, and the three- and twelve-month moving averages for each June from 2011 through 2017:
Here are the stocks and the income amounts for June, 2017:
- AFLAC Inc: $47.73
- American States Water Co: $28.12
- Black Hills Corp: $16.90
- Bemis Co Inc: $32.18
- Vectren Corp: $26.10
- Aqua America: $32.52
- Archer-Daniels-Midland Co: $38.98
- Emerson Electric Co: $52.86
- Honeywell International: $68.31
- Sonoco Products Co: $52.98
- Exxon Mobil Corp: $92.54
- Chevron: $27.48
- 3M Co: $16.58
- Walgreen Co: $22.32
- Johnson & Johnson: $88.34
- Dover Corp: $10.61
- Consolidated Edison Inc: $22.77
- Kellogg Company: $56.66
- RLI Corp: $27.93
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