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Dividend Stars Portfolio: November Update

Stocks in this article: TGTDEPEPMATWMTMSFT

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Other Notable News:

Target (TGT) announced a somewhat disappointing increase in November same store sales of 1.8%, falling short of expectations of 2.8%. The good news is that competitor Kohl's (KSS) looked even worse, with sales dropping 6.2% versus expectations of +2%. While Black Friday sales were reported to be brisk, the remainder of November was somewhat sluggish. Food and household sales increases hit the mid-teens, while apparel, toys, music, movies and book sales were flat. All signs point to the retailer likely getting squeezed by Wal-Mart (WMT) , who was the most aggressive of all the retailers over Black Friday. Initiatives such as P-Fresh (Target's grocery concept) and its 5% Red Card Rewards should help to offset other weakness in sales. Maintaining position, but will be watching closely to see how the remainder of the year unfolds.

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Portfolio Returns (Nov 10th to Nov 30th):


Deere (DE): +7.71%
Intel Corp (INTC): +3.53%
PepsiCo (PEP): +2.47%
Target (TGT): +2.38%
Norfolk Southern (NSC): +2.37%
Exxon Mobil (XOM): +2.21%
Procter & Gamble (PG): +2.10%
Mattel (MAT): +1.89%
Honeywell (HON): +1.81%
McGraw Hill (MHP): +1.57%
Chubb (CB): +0.55%
Novartis (NVS): -0.95%
Microsoft (MSFT): -1.94%

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, feel free to message me on Twitter at @bostoncfa

Equity research manager Chris Stuart, CFA, joined TheStreet Ratings after working as a senior investment analyst with Merrill Lynch covering small-cap equity and alternative investment strategies. Prior to that, Stuart worked for One Beacon Insurance as an actuarial analyst and at H&R Block as a financial adviser. Stuart earned his bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society (BSAS) and the CFA Institute.
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