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While the stock market highs might have received all the headline attention I have to say that seeing 3 dividend increases meant so much more to me. One of them, PepsiCo, I've already reported on and the other 2 will be coming over the next few days. Combined those 3 raises boosted my forward 12-month dividends over $28 all because I bought some shares in some excellent companies. I only expect to see one increase this next week and then one more the following week.
My options activity had slowed significantly, partly due to returning to work and partly due to finding fewer opportunities. However, despite the highs in the markets there were a total of 15 different options plays this week because opening/closing/expiring positions. That was way more activity than I was expecting, but I can't complain since the closed positions combined for nearly $500 of profits.
Friday brought about some very unexpected news between 2 of my holdings. Kraft-Heinz Company (KHC) announced a buyout offer from another consumer staples giant Unilever (UL/UN). I have to say I didn't see that one coming. News of the offer sent shares higher by 14%.
Unilever has already declined the initial offer so time will tell if more comes out of this via a higher offer. The first offer from Kraft-Heinz was for $30.23 in cash to Unilever shareholders along with 0.222 shares of Kraft-Heinz.
On to the Roundup
In case you missed them, here's the posts from Passive-Income-Pursuit over the past week.
- 5 Option Moves to Boost My Investment Income
- Refresh Your Portfolio With Some PepsiCo, Inc. on Seeking Alpha
- Cisco Systems: A True Cash Cow on Seeking Alpha
- Dividend Growth Investing at Work - A Hidden Increase
Once again I'd like to say thanks to each and every one of you that read, commented, and shared posts from here this past week. I think this dividend growth investing and financial independence community is amazing and the openness from everyone is awesome. Thanks again!
Now on to the links!
Are You Ignoring Investments Risks You Know About? by Dividend Growth Investor
Early FI - 2017 Thoughts by FI Fighter
Recent Stock Purchase February 2017 by DivHut
That's Not Our Dream House Anymore by Retire Before Dad
Today I Hit $300,000 by Young Dividend
Where I Disagree with Charlie Munger by A Wealth of Common Sense
Social Security Return on Investment by Go Curry Cracker
Do you want to be free or do you want to be rich? by Financial Samurai
How Blogging Has Sped Our Progress to Financial Independence by Our Next Life
January Dividend Income from YOU the Bloggers by Dividend Diplomats
Warren Buffet's Best High Dividend Stocks - February 2017 Update by Simply Safe Dividends
Recent Buys by Dividend Ten
A 'Real' Example of Real Estate Leverage by Passive Income Dude
My Snap Story: Valuing Snap Ahead of its IPO! by Musings on Markets
If you're looking for investment ideas, A Frugal Family's Journey maintains a list of stock analyses and recent buys from fellow bloggers.
I hope you all have a great weekend!
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