F.A.S.T. Fundamentals On CSX Corp

  • CSX has performed exceptionally well over the past decade.
  • The “usual suspect” metrics like P/E ratios, dividend yield and expected earnings growth indicate that the company might be a reasonable investment.
  • This article takes a “behind the scenes” view of a variety of additional fundamental data.

Based in Jacksonville, Florida, CSX Corporation (CSX) has roots dating back to the early nineteenth century – starting in 1827 when the nation’s first common carrier was chartered between the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company.  Today 30,000 plus employees are responsible for 21,000 route miles in 23 states with access to over 70 ocean, river and lake port terminals. Railroads remain as the low cost transportation option where no waterway connects the origin and destination of shipments.

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Fallen Dividend Champions: I Still Have No Fear Of A Market Crash: Part 2

Introduction: Why I Do Not Fear a Market Crash or Correction The title of my first article in this two-part series was apparently considered provocative by many readers. So much so, that it generated quite a number of comments, many of which accused me of being complacent and/or merely deceiving myself and other readers with unjustified bravado.[…]

AT&T: Compelling Even Without Growth

  • AT&T is one of the largest and most recognized companies in the world.
  • Due to its size, the overall expected growth prospects are rightfully subdued.
  • Yet this fact alone does not preclude AT&T from being a reasonable investment opportunity.

AT&T (T) traces its roots back to 1876 with Alexander Graham Bell’s invention of the telephone. Since that time “Ma Bell” was forced to split into “baby bells,” rearranged via divestitures and mergers and today ultimately stands as the “new” AT&T since 2005 when SBC Communications acquired AT&T Corp.  Despite moving through 130+ years of history, the company still maintains the same basic business model: connecting people. […]

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Taking A “FUN” Look At Kimberly-Clark

Kimberly-Clark is a storied company and often a reasonable investment opportunity based on ordinary metrics. Frequently investors view these few basic metrics and come to an investment decision. With this article we would like to highlight additional fundamental data on this specific company that that might be useful. If you’ve ever had a baby, a[…]

Taking A “FUN” Look At Kimberly-Clark

  • Kimberly-Clark is a storied company and often a reasonable investment opportunity based on ordinary metrics.
  • Frequently investors view these few basic metrics and come to an investment decision.
  • With this article we would like to highlight additional fundamental data on this specific company that that might be useful.

If you’ve ever had a baby, a cold or used a restroom (not necessarily in that order) you likely have a pretty good idea what Kimberly-Clark (KMB) does. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, this consumer care company sells products in more than 175 countries with 5 billion dollar brands including: Huggies, Kotex, Scott, Pull-Ups and Kleenex. With a history dating back over 140 years, the company now employs 58,000 people worldwide. […]

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Retirees Please Don’t Index, You Deserve Better Than Average

Introduction: The Plight Of The Retiree Conflicting Investment Advice Chuck Carnevale The most prudent retirees have spent their lifetimes accumulating a retirement portfolio that can support them and their families once they’ve quit working. At that point, it’s imperative that the retiree’s portfolio and the money it represents works as hard or harder for them[…]

Retirees Please Don’t Index, You Deserve Better Than Average

Introduction: The Plight Of The Retiree Conflicting Investment Advice Chuck Carnevale The most prudent retirees have spent their lifetimes accumulating a retirement portfolio that can support them and their families once they’ve quit working. At that point, it’s imperative that the retiree’s portfolio and the money it represents works as hard or harder for them[…]

Medtronic-A Lesson On Reasonableness Despite New Highs

People tend to lump all companies together as “stocks” and today the general characterization is that stocks are “expensive.” While it is true that Medtronic is at an all-time high price, this certainly doesn’t translate to an all-time high valuation. As such, many might be inadvertently passing over perfectly investable opportunities. Everyone is keenly aware[…]