Another month has passed surprisingly fast. Here in Belgium, June was another very wet month with little sunshine. Hopefully we can catch a bit of summer in the coming weeks.
Here are the dividends in received in June 2016:
- Unilever: 17.25EUR
- Hershey: 5.49EUR
- Moury Construct: 36.50EUR
- McDonalds: 4.96EUR
- Royal Dutch Shell: 42.95EUR
- Gilead: 2.58EUR
In total that’s 109.73EUR for the month of June. This month’s dividend income is lower than it should be as I’m still waiting on the LON:RDSB dividend payout. Most of my Royal Dutch Shell shares were bought via the Amsterdam exchange, those dividends always arrive in time but for some reason my broker almost never gets the dividend of the London-listed shares on the payout date.
While the British pound saw big drops in value versus the euro and especially the US dollar, the impact on the stock market was surprising to say the least!
Stocks dropped big on the initial panic reaction when trading opened on Friday and dipped a bit further on Monday but after that my dividend portfolio raked in new all-time highs as if the Brexit vote never happened.
While some stocks, and I’m thinking about financials in particular, are still down significantly, I do not have any exposure in my portfolio to this segment of the market. Most stocks in my portfolio rebounded very quickly and unfortunately there were no big opportunities to load up on the stocks I want like Diageo and RB. Fast forward a couple of days and it looks like the aftermath of the Brexit pushed several of my stocks to a higher trading range.
I pasted a chart of Diageo below, there was a gap down Friday, June 24th but later in the session the stock moved decidedly higher in GPB terms. The stock broke out of its trading range and is close to hitting an all-time high in its home currency. Even in US dollars it’s now trading 4.56 percent higher than before the Brexit vote. Sometimes it’s surprising what can be a catalyst for a stock price appreciation.
Mondelēz launches bid to takeover Hershey
I bought some Hershey shares earlier this year as I liked the business and the price it was trading at. This position didn’t do much until rumors about a buyout by Nestlé started circulating around the first week of June but on Thursday the stock exploded upwards on news of a takeover bid from Mondelez. Shares reached an all-time high of $117.79 before trading halted. Hershey confirmed they received a $107 cash-and-stock offer from Mondelez but the Hershey board unanimously rejected it.
Friday’s last trade was at $111.95 as investors are hoping for a higher bid or perhaps even a bidding war. From a long-term perspective, I would like to see the company remain as it is. As Joshua Kennon explains over here (and I continue to be amazed at how fast he can write such eloquent pieces!), a buyout by Mondelez is not in the interest of those who want to hold the stock for many decades to come. I’m not sure if it would fly past antitrust but if this great company has to be acquired by someone, I hope it will be Nestlé.
How was your month?