Each year, the Dogs-of-the-Dow are recalculated in January to find the 10 DJIA members with the highest dividend yield. This year there have been few changes to the names that look to be included in this strategy for 2010. We also need to consider the fact that higher yielding stocks are concentrated within a small subset of the DJIA as fewer than the 30 pay dividends.
During times of heightened volatility, many investors look for strategies that invest in companies that have (or at least seem to have) a higher quality and provide a decent dividend yield. The benefit to investors is that these are often Mega-Caps and are considered “blue-chips.”
The contrarian view which this strategy/screen is based on has often outpaced the DJIA. That is appealing in a time when there is such a great deal of uncertainty.
Below is the list of “Dogs” based on current prices and yields. The lower table also shows stocks which were included in 2009 along with performance etc. Note that in 2009, the Dogs lagged the DJIA.
**In the the book, The Disciplined Investor – Essential Strategies for Success, there are several screens and an entire chapter devoted to the subject of Quantitative investing.
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