Starbucks [stckqut]SBUX[/stckqut] said it would pay its first-ever dividend, totaling 10 cents a share. The company also increased its share-buyback plan.

The share-buyback will likely help the stock price (as well as the dividend will encourage some people to buy). However, if you are correctly managing your portfolio by avoiding downturns in the stock, it is easy to miss dividend payout dates so be careful in buying this stock JUST for the dividend. You may do better to watch the market movement and minimize your losses when the market drops – foregoing the dividend check.

My last analysis of Starbucks had them ranked as a Poor Company.

Company name Costco Wholesale Corporation
Stock ticker COST
Live stock price [stckqut]COST[/stckqut]
P/E compared to competitors Fair
Employee productivity Good
Sales growth Poor
EPS growth Poor
P/E growth Poor
EBIT growth Poor
Confident Investor Rating Poor
Target stock price (TWCA growth scenario) $38.18
Target stock price (averages with growth) $50.6
Target stock price (averages with no growth) $52.61
Target stock price (manual assumptions) $43.04

Confident Investor comments: At this price and at this time, I do not think that a Confident Investor can confidently invest in this stock.