Sunday, July 1

Week 365 - “Dogs of the Dow” (Mid-Year Review)

Situation: The 10 highest-yielding stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average are called The Dogs of the Dow (see Week 305 and Week 346). The only time-tested formula for beating an index fund (specifically the Dow Jones Industrial Average) is based on investing equal dollar amounts in each Dog at the start of the year. That would have worked in 6 of the past 8 years. Why? Because those are high quality stocks that have suffered a price decline and are likely to recover within ~2 years, which would lower their dividend yield and release them from the “Dog pen.” 

Mission: Predict which Dogs will emerge from the Dog pen by the end of 2018, using our Standard Spreadsheet.

Execution: see Table.

Administration: For various reasons, the 2018 Dogs are unlikely to post greater total returns this year than the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DIA). But we can still try to play the game by predicting which of this year’s Dogs will be missing from next year’s Dog pen. Those will probably come from those posting lower dividend yields at the mid-year point (see Column G in the Table): Coca-Cola (KO), Cisco Systems (CSCO), General Electric (GE), Merck (MRK) and Chevron (CVX).

Bottom Line: Given current trends, Cisco Systems (CSCO) and Chevron (CVX) are likely to be released from the Dog pen at the end of the year.

Risk Rating: 6 (where US Treasury Notes = 1, S&P 500 Index = 5, and gold bullion = 10)

Full Disclosure: I dollar-average into KO, PG, XOM and IBM, and also own shares of CSCO.

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