October 2018 Stock Considerations

Here we go again. A new month is upon us which means one thing… time for me to outline my potential stock picks for October. I can hardly believe that we are now entering the final quarter of 2018 but here we are. Where does the time go? Whenever I reflect on how fast the days, weeks and months roll by I am reminded of the importance to always stay “fully” invested in the stock market. By now you know that I make my purchases every single month no matter what domestic or foreign event is taking place. Believe me… nothing you read about in the news matters.

First up, is a name I have bought in August and September. One of my favorite utilities, Dominion Energy, Inc. (D). As the stock continues to languish around $70 it remains an attractive potential buy for my portfolio. Of course, a juicy yield just south of 5% doesn’t hurt either.

Next, I’m looking at beaten consumer staple, The Kraft Heinz Company (KHC). An unloved company in an unloved sector sporting a very attractive PE and juicy yield. KHC has a safe payout ratio which should mean the dividend appears to be safe.

Finally, like last month I’ll potentially be looking to add to a couple of my health REITs that have been showing some signs of life when compared to their performance in early 2018. These buys will allow me to average down my cost basis while continuing to enjoy some generous yield. It’s been a while since I added to any of my current REIT holdings and HCP, Inc. (HCP) is starting to look OK to me once again. Seeing HCP well below a $30 price could finally compel me to trigger a buy. Also, in the health REIT space I am looking to add to my Sabra Health Care REIT, Inc. (SBRA). The stock has climbed a lot from its lows of 2018 as this skilled nursing REIT play still demonstrates a difficult business environment. Of course, that generous yield, which highlights some of the risk involved with the stock, can justify the risk/reward scenario.

Disclosure: Long HCP, SBRA, D, KHC.

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