Stock Picks – August 13, 2018

Stock pick

I believe one of the best deals currently is AT&T (NYSE:T 33.09 +0.62 +1.91%). When something thinks of AT&T they typically think of a telecommunication company, which sells cell phone service, telephone lines, fiber connections, perhaps satellite TV (DirecTV), cable TV, and over the top TV (DirecTV Now and Watch TV). In other words AT&T is a content connector. They connect you to content.

And this assessment of AT&;T would be right, if this was still May. In June, AT&T morphed from being a content connector into being a content connector AND a content provider with the purchase of Time Warner (known post merger as Warner Media). AT&T now owns power house brands such as HBO, Cinemax, Turner Broadcasting (TBS, TNT, CNN, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, Bloomberg, and TruTV) , Warner Brothers (one of the big 6 film studios), DC Entertainment/ DC Comics, and much more. They operate NBA.com and NBA TV, NCAA.com, PGATour.com, PGA.com, and much more.

Check out this list of assets now owned and controlled by AT&T.

This merger now makes AT&T the 5th largest company in the United States, and one of the largest in the world. However, Wall Street, while knowing about the merger doesn’t seem to understand what AT&T just did and the moat they just created. For a quick exercise look up T on the stock brokerage of your choice and read the company profile. There is basically no mention of the WarnerMedia subsidiary. Basically Wall Street is comparing them to Verizon (VZ 52.50 +0.03 +0.06%), Centurylink (CTL 21.55 +0.17 +0.80%), etc, when really they are a combination of Verizon and Disney (DIS 112.12 -0.56 -0.50%).

AT&T closed slightly down on Friday to $32.26 a share. They are down -15.6% over the last 52-weeks, and nearly at their 52-week low. They are slightly above their 90-day moving average ($31.87) and below their 200-day moving average ($34.11).

AT&T pays an amazing dividend of $2 per year (current yield 6.17%), which they have continuously paying (and increasing) for the past 34-years!
This is the second time I am choosing T as a MikesStockPick. I previously purchased shares for $31.07 in July and for $31.965 in August.

Stock Picks – July 23, 2018

Stock Pick # 1

Today I purchased shares of telecom giant AT&T (T 33.09 +0.62 +1.91%). AT&T is currently paying a 6% dividend and has been continuously paying and growing this dividend for the last 34 years! Once its merger of Time Warner is finally complete, AT&T will be the 5th largest company in the United States. AT&T reports on their 2nd quarter earnings tomorrow and it will be the first quarter that will include financial information for Time Warner. With the purchase of Time Warner, AT&T is setting themselves up as a content creator. In many ways it seems like AT&T is becoming more like media giant Disney (DIS 112.12 -0.56 -0.50%), instead of simply a telecom giant.

I believe that the market will be pleasantly surprised with their earning report tomorrow and we will see a large jump in their stock price. I purchased shares for $31.07. However, I am also hedging my bets as I have another order in at $28.09 as one area of concern to me is the amount of debt that AT&T has, however I do not believe they are over leveraged at this time. But Mr. Market may decide tomorrow that they are over leveraged and will cause a large price reduction. Should that happen, I’ll buy some more on sale.

Stock Pick # 2

In my IRA I purchased shares of Main Street Capital (MAIN 40.45 +0.15 +0.37%). Main Street is a business development companies (“BDC”) who makes loans to small and lower mid market businesses in exchange for an equity position in their company. They have investments in a wide variety of businesses and have had good returns from their investments. They pay nearly a 6% dividend, but rather than paying it 4 quarterly installments as most companies do, they pay it in monthly installments! I paid $39.35 a share.