The popularity of dividend income often sends investors flooding to high yield stocks, inflating prices–a pattern some investors are quick to capitalize on.
Dogs of the Dow is a stock picking strategy where investors buy into the 10 highest yield dividend stocks trading on the Dow Jones Industrial Average at the start of the year and sell at the end. The strategy has proven very successful over the years.
Dogsofthedow.com reports this technique has given a 17.7% average annual return since 1973, an impressive return considering the DJIA return was 11.9% during that same period.
In 2010 the Dogs outpaced the Dow with a gain of 20.5%. In 2009, it priced in a 16.9% gain. In 2008 it declined after a flat year in 2007. Before that, in 2006, the Dogs had a record gain of 30.3%. The trend is largely positive since the strategy was popularized in 1991.
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Here are the ten highest dividend yield stocks on the DJIA. It's the start of January–do you think the strategy will prove successful in 2012?
1. AT&T, Inc. (T, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides telecommunication services to consumers, businesses, and other service providers worldwide. Market cap of $179.20B. Dividend yield at 5.82%.
3. Merck & Co. Inc. (MRK, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides various health solutions through its prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, animal health, and consumer care products. Market cap of $114.91B. Dividend yield at 4.46%.
7. Johnson & Johnson (JNJ, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the research and development, manufacture, and sale of various products in the health care field worldwide. Market cap of $179.09B. Dividend yield at 3.48%.
8. Intel Corporation (INTC, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of integrated circuits for computing and communications industries worldwide. Market cap of $123.48B. Dividend yield at 3.46%.
(Written by Rebecca Lipman. Data sourced from Finviz.)
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