Today we are taking a look at the first quarter results from the friendly stock picking competition. After winning the first year, I was not able to repeat the next two ones so I was hoping to get back on top. So far, 3 of my 4 picks have done extremely well and honestly even the fourth isn’t terrible. That being said, while I am in second place, I’m nowhere near the top right now as WhereDoesAllMyMoneyGo did extremely well. That being said, 2nd place after a quarter with a very respectable return is a good start:) So let’s start by taking a look at my 4 picks:
Apple (AAPL) +48,04%
Clearly, I’ve been very bullish on Apple, ranking it #1 in my Tech Stock Power Rankings and writing a post about how crazy you’d be to not own Apple. It might be luck or whatever the reason might be, clearly, that has been a good call. Time will tell if it will keep up (I think so) but it’s not by luck that the 2 leaders have Apple (AAPL) among their picks.
Intel Corporation Inc (INTC) +16,85%
Both on the blog and in our mailing list, I’ve seen Intel Corp come out as one of the top dividend stocks that can be bought. It has an amazing business, trades at a decent valuation and should be able to keep increasing payouts for many years in the future.
Aflac (AFL) +7,03%
It’s not an exceptional return, but Aflac (AFL) is a very solid pick. It’s not by chance that Aflac is the stock that I decided to add to the Ultimate Sustainable Dividend Portfolio in my latest update.
Travelzoo (TZOO) -6,43%
I will be discussing Travelzoo (TZOO) later this week but I’ll simply say for now that I still have great belief in TZOO…more to come on Friday:)
So hopefully things keep improving in Q2… in the meantime, congrats to WDA who did very well in Q1. Here are the standings after Q1, I will be adding links towards their posts as they are published:
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