Stock Picks – December 5, 2018

Stock Pick

It’s hard to believe that it’s been several months since I last posted a stock pick. The market has been very volatile of late however, making stock picking difficult.

US security markets are closed today. This will give you some time to research my latest stock pick to see if it would be a good fit for your portfolio.

I purchased 25-shares of United Bankshares Inc (NASDAQ:Unfortunately, we could not get stock quote for “UBSI” at this time. on Tuesday for $34 a share. United Bankshares is the holding company of United Bank, a regional bank operating in the mid Atlantic area with locations in 5 eastern states plus DC and traces their roots back to 1839 as well as non bank subsidiaries offering other financial and investment services.

UBSI is currently paying a 3.76% dividend ($1.36), and have been increasing their dividend regularly for 45-consecutive years, although not every year has seen a dividend increase.

Their 52-week range is $31.01-$39.95. Their 50-day moving average is $34.34 and 200-day moving average is $36.65.

Their Trailing P/E is 17.05 and a projected forward P/E is 13.43.

My intention is to hold long-term and purchase additional shares of UBSI. Once I hold 100 shares I will start selling covered calls options to increase my cash flow in this holding. By combining options premiums with dividend payments I anticipate having approximately a 15% annualized positive cash flow in USBI. At this stage of my life I will have the dividend portion on automatically reinvest in additional shares of USBI (“dividend reinvestment program” or “DRIP” for short”) while I will use the options premium to purchase other securities. Once I retire my goal is to be able to live off the dividends paid and the options premiums I collect, without ever selling the underlying securities.

I have been (and still are) light on the financial sector and will likely be adding more financial stocks in the coming months.