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Market Wrap-Up for Feb.5 (DELL, EL, ADP, MA, YUM, ADM, more)

With the major indexes posting big gains today, it looks like the markets were aiming to get back most of what was lost in yesterday’s poor outing.

Besides the official announcement that Dell (DELL) has made a deal to go private, plenty of earnings-related news helped move the averages. On the upside we had shares of Computer Sciences (CSC), Estee Lauder (EL), Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Automatic Data Processing (ADP), and Eaton Corp (ETN) all gaining on better-than-expected earnings results.

On the flip side, sellers were moving out of names like Yum Brands (YUM), Emerson Electric (EMR), and Diamond Offshore (DO) following their earnings updates. Mastercard (MA) shares bounced up as the credit card processing giant announced a share buyback and a doubling of their dividend payout (which still unfortunately sports just a yield of around .50% following the increase).

As always, you can read our full round-up of these major stories and more over at The Dividend Daily.

How’s Your Back-Up Plan?

As I sit here writing today’s newsletter from home while taking care of my wife (who unfortunately has been hit with the combo flu/stomach bug) and playing Mr. Mom to our kids (dropping off, picking up, food, etc.), I can’t help but think of how others out there are prepared for the unexpected. From a work standpoint, our Dividend.com team is able to continue the usual daily routine whether I make it into the office or not. Such is one of the beautiful things of working on the web. Even more importantly, however, everyone at Dividend.com is trained to follow the regular work flow schedule we’ve developed over the past few years, during which our team has increased in size. It also helps that I have a good understanding and communicate well with wife, so days like today are not as complicated as they could normally be when someone is not used to a new routine.

This story circles around to the main point, and that is having organization and structure in our lives. When you have structure, you can expect to get many more things done, and all the while feel good about what it is you are doing. Having a positive outlook makes those “crazier” days go by a bit smoother.

When it comes to investing, having a routine for your research and portfolio is critical to building long-term wealth. Whether you are doing your financial homework early in the day, later on in the evening, or mostly on the weekends, you realize that the homework part of the equation. Homework is also what eventually sets apart your performance from others who disregard their ability to take the initiative and learn as much as they can from the process. Once you overcome this hurdle that stops many from being smart investors, the other main hurdle is freeing up capital to actually put to work. This means a commitment to saving a portion of your income for nothing else but buying quality assets that produce income (like dividend stocks). Doing this on a regular basis (monthly, if not weekly) and avoiding the worries about if the markets are overbought or oversold is the key to scaling into any and all of your investments over a lifetime.

So as I continue on my day of bedside care and market research, take note of today’s message and realize how important structure and organization is to a prosperous financial future.

New Dividend Stock Added to Recommended List – Be sure to check out the new dividend stock we added to our recommended list this morning if you did not read the e-mail alert we sent out earlier.

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Income, Income, Income

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Thanks for reading everybody. I’ll see you tomorrow!

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