Recent Sell – Chevron Corp

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Another week and another sale. I cant remember when I had back-to-back sales in my portfolio. Like I’ve mentioned in the past, I normally do not like to sell and prefer holding shares forever. But sometimes you just have to face the reality and pull the trigger on some companies.

Yesterday, I decided to sell and close our position in Chevron Corp (CVX). Chevron is still one of the largest oil & gas companies in the world and own immense assets across the world. But as oil prices have collapsed and have stayed depressed for almost two years now, the low prices have resulted in the company taking some eyebrow-raising moves. First, Chevron resorted to cutting its buyback program (I’ve always remained critical of stock buybacks. Companies, no different than retail traders driven by emotion, buy when stock is expensive and terminate such programs when the stock is cheap) and more recently has resorted all sorts of financial engineering to prop up its books.

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Is Chevron Dividend Safe?

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Chevron Corp (CVX) is one of the largest oil & gas companies in the world. The company has a market cap of $160B and is an energy behemoth that operates in upstream and downstream businesses.

Last week, the company reported quarterly earnings of -$0.31 on a revenue of $29.25B, which is down 36.6% YoY. Its the first quarter that Chevron had such a huge loss in the past 13 years. While investors were expecting a bad quarter (and a bad year) from Chevron, it was still better than expected as the revenue beat the expectations. The company also announced a quarterly dividend of $1.07, which is what it has paid since Q2 2014.

The media lit up with news from Oppenheimer analyst Fadel Gheitpredicting a dividend cut from Chevron in the coming quarters as he predicts that the company is on an unsustainable path of borrowing funds to pay the dividends.

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What’s the Fair Price for Chevron

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Chevron Corp (CVX) is an energy giant that barely needs an introduction. A global energy powerhouse, Chevron was founded as Standard Oil of California in 1879 and became Chevron Corporation in 1984. Chevron is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and since 2008; but was also part of the index from 1930 to 1999. The current downturn in the oil and energy prices have put a downward pressure on the stock prices, but Chevron has stood through such storms, wars, and recessions in the past. A dividend champion that has a record of raising dividends for 27 years, a 4.2% entry yield is lucrative – this article looks at the fair price of Chevron Corp.

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Recent Buy – Chevron Corp (CVX)

I added to my position in Chevron Corp (CVX). Being an oil & gas giant and a component of Dow Jones Industrial Average, Chevron is an integral part of the economy. The behemoth has a market cap of $222B and the recent drop in oil prices has made the stock extremely attractively valued.

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Corporate Profile (from Yahoo! Finance)

Chevron Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in petroleum, chemicals, mining, power generation, and energy operations worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Upstream and Downstream. The Upstream segment is involved in the exploration, development, and production of crude oil and natural gas; liquefaction, transportation, and regasification associated with liquefied natural gas; transportation of crude oil through pipelines; and processing, transportation, storage, and marketing of natural gas, as well as holds interest in a gas-to-liquids project. The Downstream segment engages in refining crude oil into petroleum products; marketing crude oil and refined products; transporting crude oil and refined products through pipeline, marine vessel, motor equipment, and rail car; and manufacturing and marketing commodity petrochemicals and fuel and lubricant additives, as well as plastics for industrial uses. Chevron Corporation is also involved in coal and molybdenum mining operations; cash management and debt financing activities; insurance operations; real estate activities; and energy services, and alternative fuels and technology businesses. The company was formerly known as ChevronTexaco Corporation and changed its name to Chevron Corporation in 2005. Chevron Corporation was founded in 1879 and is headquartered in San Ramon, California.

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Chevron (CVX) Dividend Increase

Chevron (CVX) announced that its quarterly dividend will be raised by 7% from $1.00 per share to $1.07 per share. This dividend increase is the company’s 27th consecutive annual increase. The new dividend is scheduled to be paid on Jun 10, 2014 to shareholders on record as of May 19, 2014. The new dividend rate results in an annualized yield of 3.41% based on CVX’s closing price.

 

My portfolio consists of 10 shares of Chevron, which increases my annual dividend raise from $40.00 to $42.80. My yield-on-cost rises to 3.60%.