Time to clear the table

Sysco's dividend yield drops, leading Jim to look elsewhere as the economic recovery continues.

By Jim J. Jubak Apr 7, 2010 4:15PM

Jim JubakI'm selling food wholesaler Sysco (SYY) out of my Dividend Income Portfolio with this post. 


The stock made a new 52-week high Tuesday. That brings the dividend yield down to 3.38%. 


That was attractive when the economic recovery still seemed iffy and I was willing to trade some yield for safety. But now that the recovery is more certain -- if not the speed or momentum of the recovery (for more on those issues, see this recent post) -- I'm willing to stretch a little more for yield. To do that, I need to clear a slot in this 10-stock portfolio, and that means selling Sysco.


I'm looking at a 5.27% gain in the stock's price since I added it to this portfolio on Dec. 8. 


On April 23, I'll also be collecting the 25 cents-a-share quarterly dividend that the company recently declared for shareholders of record as of April 1.


At the time of this writing, Jim Jubak didn't own shares of any stock mentioned in this post.

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