A well-crafted watchlist is critical to smart investing: It can help you find attractive buying opportunities, and it can save you from rushed, emotional decisions by slowing down the process. The Fool now offers MyWatchlist.com, your free customized hub to follow the performance and Fool news and commentary about the companies you're watching.
But what to put on your watchlist? In the latest entry in our ongoing series, Motley Fool Million Dollar Portfolio associate advisor David Meier shares three dividend payers that he's watching.
One to watch
When David first added Intel
For now, David's adjusting his thinking and watching to see if the acquisitions turn out to make sense. If they can help the company maintain or even grow its enormous market share and improve its technology, which would allow it to raise prices, he'll be happy to get a piece of this giant and its dividend.
Two to watch
Another company on David's watchlist that offers steady growth and a nice dividend is pipeline operator Spectra Energy
While David is enthusiastic about getting energy exposure in the portfolio, he's not crazy about the valuation. He and the MDP team are watching for the ever-present volatility in natural gas prices to offer an opportunity to grab shares at a better price.
Three to watch
David thought he had found a real winner in July when he added Dominion
But his salivary glands have since dried up.
"It seemed like a great fit for our portfolio and I thought its ability to do it all made it very attractive," he says. "But the more I looked at it, the less I liked the combination." In a relatively tortured analogy, it's like a sandwich -- turns out that you're better off picking your favorite peanut butter and the tastiest jelly and blending them to your specifications rather than having a company try doing it for you. As a result of his further investigation, the stock is nearing the end of its run on David's watchlist.
And that's exactly why it pays to watch. You can make smarter investing decisions with your own version of My Watchlist, new and free from the Fool. Click below to start following one of the stocks mentioned above:
Roger Friedman doesn't own shares of any companies mentioned, but they're all now on his watchlist. Chesapeake Energy, Exelon, and Intel are Motley Fool Inside Value recommendations. Dominion Resources, Spectra Energy, and Southern Company are Motley Fool Income Investor recommendations. The Fool owns shares of and has bought calls on Intel. Motley Fool Options has recommended writing covered calls on Exelon and buying calls on Intel. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.