Vanguard Dividend Growth also initiated a position in toy-maker Mattel (MAT), buying 2.1 million shares, or just under 1% of its portfolio. Mattel, with a projected yield of 3.69%, is down 0.2% this year, giving its shares a market value of $8.5 billion. Mattel sells toys under several brands names, including Barbie, Hot Wheels, Fisher Price and American Girl. The company also produces toys under exclusive entertainment licenses that tie in with and promote movies and video games.
The Vanguard Equity Income Fund added 567,000 shares to its existing stake in Unilever (UN), making it a 1% stake. Unilever's shares are up 8.4% this year and they carry a yield of 3.84%. With a market value of $102 billion, Unilever is an international maker of packaged foods and household and personal products.
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