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Company Information:

Founded in 1994 in Richmond, Virginia, Capital One Financial Corporation and its subsidiaries offer a range of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients through branches, the internet and other distribution channels, and operate three primary business segments: Credit Cards, Consumer Banking and Commercial Banking. It is a member of the Fortune 500, and also conducts business in Canada and the United Kingdom.

Its current total market capitalization of $43.0 billion makes COF a large capitalization stock (a large-cap stock has a market capitalization value of more than $10 billion) with a long history of consistent dividend payments, revenues and earnings growth. It is considered a solid and diversified business with a durable competitive advantage over its rivals that also enjoys an outstanding management and corporate culture. According to Yahoo! Finance, consensus estimates call for the company to earn about $11.05 per share this year, and to go to about $12.1 per share in 2020. The company has paid dividends to investors since 1995, and during the past five years has increased its dividends at an average rate of 6.3%. Its quarterly payment of $0.40 per share currently provides a yield of 1.75%. Since 1995, the company has increased the dividends paid to investors from 3 cents per share quarterly, to 40 cents per share quarterly today.

The value of dividends reinvestment: A hypothetical investment in Capital One Financial Corporation has grown cumulatively (including dividends reinvested) 1,670.91% during the past twenty four years. The same investment has grown only 1,290.25% in the same period of time, excluding dividends. During the same period, a hypothetical investment in the S&P 500® index (thru the Vanguard 500 Index Admiral (VFIAX) has grown cumulatively (including dividends reinvested) 744.16%. The stock exhibits a healthy Dividend Payout Ratio (DPR is the proportion of earnings paid out as dividends to shareholders) of 13.2%, which means the company is paying out only 13.2% of all its net income in dividends, and is retaining a good percentage of earnings to reinvest or grow the business. Its average DPR during the past five years is 21%. Its current Price to Earnings ratio (P/E --a measure of valuation) of 7.34 is 61.1% below the S&P 500® index. Its Price to Sales ratio (P/Sales) of 1.55 is 20.9% below the index. Its Price to Cash Flow of 2.6 is 78.8% below the index, and its Price to Book ratio of 0.8 is 72.8% below the index. According to Morningstar, the stock is trading 33% below its Fair Value Estimate, making it attractive for investors with a long-term investment horizon.

Technically (from the chart’s perspective) COF also looks attractive, trading 16.6% below its all-time high), while it is forming a long price consolidation pattern between $70 and $106 approximately, in which $70 is acting as a strong technical support level. The actively managed no-load mutual funds Dodge & Cox Stock and American Funds Washington Mutual are major shareholders of COF, holding 5.4% and 2.5% of its shares respectively. COF’s main competitors are American Express Co. (AXP) and JP Morgan Chase & Co. (JPM).

Best and worst years since 1995: Its best year was 1998, in which COF returned, excluding dividends, 112.23%. On the flip side, its worst year was 2002, when the stock declined 44.9%, excluding dividends. COF’s Dividend Reinvestment Plan charges no fees for cash investing, dividend reinvestment, automatic investment or termination of the plan. With the stock being fundamental and technically attractive, this company is an appropriate holding for investors who wish to build a holding over the long term.

Disclosure: Disclosure: Mario Medina has no position in Capital One Financial Corp, and has no plans to initiate any position in the immediate future. The author wrote the article himself and it expresses his own opinions. The author has no business relationship with COF and this article is not intended as a recommendation to invest as the information published does not take into account any subscriber's personal finances, goals or risk tolerance. Accordingly, you should be aware of all the risks associated with any financial investment and should consult an independent financial advisor for any personal investment advice.

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Mario Medina Personal and Professional background:

Born in Cuba and graduated in Architecture from the University of Havana, Mario Medina is editor and writer of the weekly online investment newsletter El Boletín, and senior analyst for Julie Stav, Inc. Through seminars and conferences live and online, DVDs, investment e-books, articles in his blog and financial columns (on, and, videos and Podcasts, Mario teaches people inside and outside the United States. The point that differentiates Mario in his teachings, is the simplicity and softness of the language, teaching beginners, the same way he wanted to be educated when starting in the world of personal finances and investments.

Mario provides investment guidance in financial segments of Hispanic television and radio, and has had his own radio shows on those topics at Univision Radio Network, also participating in Tu Dinero, Julie Stav’s financial shows and Podcast series ( and

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