Add A Little Magic To Your Portfolio With Merlin Entertainments Plc.

While I tend to prefer investing in businesses with a long history of rising dividends, there are some companies that I believe still make attractive investments for the long haul. I believe Merlin Entertainments PLC (LSE: MERL LN)  is one of those companies that despite not having a long dividend history, would make an ideal investment. Continue reading


PACCAR Beats But Shares Fall On Short-Term Mentality.

I consider myself to be a long-term investor who generally discounts quarterly earnings numbers on the basis of that if nothing major (and I mean major like obsolescence, natural disaster wiping out all production and inventory etc.) has changed at the business and its long-term fundamentals remain sound, I would still favor the business.

Truck maker PACCAR Inc. released Q3 numbers today and it beat both top and bottom line estimates by what many would consider a decent margin. However, a short-term mentality over quarterly numbers coupled with news that Management do not expect margin improvement next year sent PCAR shares down $4.27 or 5.7%.

Check out the link below to the Company’s earnings announcement and see for yourself why I still think PCAR is an excellent long-term hold and believe today’s sell-off is appealing for the patient investor:

See the link below for my write-up on the company:

PACCAR; A ‘Truckload’ of Value?




Every Little Bit Helps: PAG Boosts Quarterly Dividend to 33c Per Share.

Penske Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE: PAG) today announced that it is increasing its quarterly dividend to 33c per share from 32c per share. This equates to a 3% qoq increase.

While “small” when considered in isolation, the most recent quarterly dividend increase is actually the Company’s 26th such consecutive quarterly dividend bump.

See here for why I believe PAG is a solid long-term hold for dividend investors:

Kicking The Tires On A New Car…And On A New Investment.

Long-Term Pick Trinity Industries, Inc. (NYSE: TRN) Soars After Judgment Reversal.

Shares of Trinity Industries, Inc. soared more than 10% today on news of the reversal of a $663M judgment against the company.

You can visit my analysis of why I think TRN is good long-term hold for the serious dividend investor here (the stock is up a little over 36% since I first made mention of it on my blog):

A Street (Rail) Car Named Desire (Trinity Industries)




Toromont Industries Ltd. Bulks Up With Hewitt Group Buy.

Major Canadian Caterpillar dealer Toromont Industries Ltd (TSE: TIH CN) recently announced a deal to acquire Hewitt Group, a large Caterpillar dealer with 45 branches across Eastern Canada and approximately 2,000 employees. The deal was very well received by investors, who sent TIH stock up nearly 5% when the deal was announced on August 28.

You can read the announcement here:

You can click the link below to see my write up on TIH and why I believe it is an attractive investment for the long-term investor:

Heavy Duty Success: Toromont Industries Ltd.




Genuine Parts Company Announces Major European Move and Investors Applaud!

Dividend favorite Genuine Parts Company (NYSE: GPC) announced a near $2B move to enter the European market with a deal to acquire Alliance Automotive Group; sending GPC shares up more than $5 or nearly 6% on the day.

While not cheap, I believe today’s deal makes the company even more attractive for the long-term investor looking for a well-run business operating in an attractive sector.

Check out my original post on GPC from October 2015:

Tuning Your Car’s Engine…And Your Portfolio.