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May 282017
 

Pfizer Dog of the Dow #4, Pfizer (PFE)
The #4 dog of the dow for 2012 is Pfizer, (Ticker symbol PFE). Pfizer is a 166 billion dollar cap company, a bit larger than the last pharmaceutical business I covered, Merck. Pfizer is a very old company, even older than Merck, established back in 1849. However, Pfizer wasn’t added to the Dow until 2004.
Pfizer is probably most well known for their miracle drug for some men and marriages – Viagra. Pfizer is also well known just recently in 2009 for illegal marketing of four different drugs, Bextra, Geodon, Zyvox and Lyrica. This was the 4th time Pfizer was in trouble in the last 10 years for these practices. During 2009, PFE also cut their dividend in half based on many different issues with the company. It went from 32 cents a quarter to 16 cents a quarter. The stock fell as low as 12 dollars a share.
After 2009, PFE has come back from 12 dollars a share to just under 22 dollars a share today. The dividend has also been increased, though not back to levels in 2008. The current quarterly dividend is 22 cents a share. Its current dividend yield is 4.06%. The increase in dividend has boosted the stock from a 19 dollar a share stock to nearly 22 a share. Also the dark cloud over drug stocks has started to clear and the public has started to favor them once again.
PFE earnings were $2.23 a share for 2010, and are projected to be around $2.29 for 2011 and $2.30 for 2012. This equates to an average P/E ratio of about 17. Earnings projections for 2012 have continued to decrease over the past 90 days.
My unofficial estimate is that PFE has maxed out around $22 a share, and may actually lose value during the year. By the end of the year, being a Dog, it will gain a slight bit of value. However, there are better Dogs to buy. PFE will finish 2012 at around $23 a share.

Disclosure: I currently do not own any shares of PFE nor do I plan to purchase any in the next few days.

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Mar 272012
 

intel Dog of the Dow #8, Intel (INTC)The #8 dog of the Dow for 2012 is Intel, (Ticker symbol INTC).  Intel is an American semiconductor manufacturer.  They are the largest and most profitable chip maker in the world.  Intel is a 133 billion dollar cap company; and had a record 54 billion in sales in 2011.  Intel is headquartered in Santa Clara California.  The company was founded in 1968.  Intel is the youngest Dog of the Dow.

A theme of most of these Dogs of the Dow has been their stock history with growth.  However Intel has not followed that same pattern.  Intel saw a giant boom from 1998-2000 with the tech stock run up.  However, the stock fell off a cliff, so to speak and went from over 75 bucks a share in 2000 to 13 in 2002.  Since then, Intel has gone from a high PE tech stock to a solid blue chip company.

Since 2002, Intel has shown some growth, and is now around 27 dollars a share.  Intel has shown significant dividend growth during this time.  In 2003, the quarterly dividend was 2 cents a quarter and today it is 21 cents a share.

As mention above, Intel has continually increased their dividend for over the last 10 years.  The current quarterly dividend is 21 cents a share.  Its current dividend yield is 3.10%.  I fully expect that Intel will keep their dividend solid at this value and more than likely even increase this dividend before the end of 2012.

Intel’s earnings were reported at $2.44 for 2011 and projected to be $2.44 for 2012 and $2.62 for 2013.  This is a company that is continuing to grow, even with strong competition from other chip companies such as AMD.  All of this equates to an average P/E ratio of around 10.5.  Forward PE for 2012 is holding steady at 10.5.

My unofficial estimate is that INTC will increase in value as one of the Dogs of the Dow.  This Dog of the Dow will be at $32 a share by the end of the year, and the quarterly dividend will pay you 84 cents or maybe even a little more for the year.  Intel reminds me a lot of Microsoft, which was a tech stock that has been held down over the past many years until it established itself as a strong blue chip stock.  Intel stock will continue to provide solid earnings for the next many years, and could be a great buy and hold stock.  I expect Intel to break it open as the economy improves.

Disclosure: I currently do not own any shares of INTC.

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Mar 072012
 

johnson johnson logo Dog of the Dow #7, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)
The #7 dog of the dow for 2012 is Johnson & Johnson, (Ticker symbol JNJ).  JNJ is a multinational pharmaceutical, medical devices and consumer packaged goods company. JNJ is a 176 billion dollar cap company; and had nearly 62 billion in revenue in 2011.  JNJ is headquartered in North Brunswick New Jersey.  The company was founded in 1887.  A neat fact about JNJ is that they registered hundreds of prized domain names during the 1990’s before the real large internet boom.

A theme of most of these Dogs of the Dow has been their stock history with growth.  JNJ had extensive growth from 1984 to 2002, where the stock went from around 2 dollars a share to 65 dollars a share.  The stock is still at that price today.  Since 2002, JNJ has mostly stayed in the 60-65 dollar range, minus a period in 2003-2004 and the 2009 crash.

Though JNJ has not shown any real growth in the last 10 years, it has shown significant dividend growth during this time.  In 2002, the quarterly dividend was 18 cents a quarter and today it is 57 cents a share.

As mention above, JNJ has continually increased their dividend for over the last couple decades.  The current quarterly dividend is 57 cents a share.  Its current dividend yield is 3.50%.  I fully expect that JNJ will keep their dividend solid at this value and more than likely even increase this dividend before the end of 2012.

JNJ’s earnings were reported at $4.80 for 2011 and projected to be $5.11 for 2012 and $5.44 for 2013.  This is a company that is continuing to grow, after a year of beating earnings every quarter.  All of this equates to an average P/E ratio of just under 13.  Forward PE for 2012 is looking closer to 12 at the current projections.

My unofficial estimate is that JNJ will hold pretty steady as one of the Dogs of the Dow.  This Dog of the Dow will be at $68 a share by the end of the year, and the quarterly dividend will pay you 2.28 or maybe even a little more for the year.  JNJ’s growth numbers look strong, but the stock did not break through even with consistently beating earnings in 2011.  This stock will continue to provide solid earnings for the next many years, and could be a great buy and hold stock.  I just would not expect a large breakthrough gain from JNJ.

Disclosure: I currently do not own any shares of JNJ nor do I plan to purchase any in the near future.

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Feb 212012
 

dupont logo Dog of the Dow #6, DuPont (DD)

The #6 dog of the dow for 2012 is DuPont, (Ticker symbol DD).  DuPont is the 3rd largest chemical company in the United States, and is a 47 billion dollar cap company; DuPont is headquartered in Wilmington Delaware.  DuPont is an extremely old company, established back in 1802 as a gunpowder mill.  DuPont’s main items are manufacturing polymers, paints and refrigerants.

A theme of most of these Dogs of the Dow has been their stock history with growth.  DuPont had extensive growth from 1985 to 1998, where the stock went from around 8 dollars a share to 77 dollars a share.  The stock has not seen this value again.  After 1999, DD fell and settled around the low 40 dollar a share range with no growth.  After the 2009 crash, the stock went below 20 dollars a share, however DuPont finally had a great growth period, reaching values above 55 dollars a share.

DuPont had their stock fall back to the 38 dollar range just back in October.  The stock was clearly undervalued at that point and it has been on the run, back up to 51 dollars a share here at the end of January 2012.

DuPont has kept a solid dividend since 2008.  The current quarterly dividend is 41 cents a share.  Its current dividend yield is 3.23%.  I fully expect that DuPont will keep their dividend solid at this value.

DD earnings were $3.68 a share for 2010, and were just reported at $3.93 for 2011 and projected to be $4.26 for 2012 and $4.78 for 2013.  This is a company that is continuing to grow, after some years of slow growth.  All of this equates to an average P/E ratio of just under 14.  Forward PE for 2012 is looking closer to 13 at the current projections.

My unofficial estimate is that DD will grow slowly as one of the Dogs of the Dow.  This Dog of the Dow will be at $55 a share by the end of the year, and the quarterly dividend will pay you 1.64 for the year.  DD’s growth numbers look strong, but chemical stocks are not favored in the market currently.  However this would be a great buy and hold stock for a multi-year period.  Just don’t expect huge gains here in 2012.

Disclosure: I currently do not own any shares of DD nor do I plan to purchase any in the near future.

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Feb 162012
 

GE Logo Dog of the Dow #5, General Electric (GE)

The #5 dog of the dow for 2012 is General Electric, (Ticker symbol GE).  General Electric is the 6th largest company in the United States, and is a 200 billion dollar cap company; General Electric was founded in Schenectady New York.  GE is a very old company, established back in 1892.  GE is currently split up in four segments, Technology Infrastructure, Energy, Capital Finance and Consumer & Industrial.

In 1896, GE was one of the original 12 companies to be listed on the newly founded Dow Jones Industrial Exchange.  It is the only one that remains today from the original 12.

GE went through a 20 year period of exceptional growth, where the stock value went from 1 dollar a share (split adjusted) in 1980, to a high of 59.88 in August of 2000.  However after 2000, GE has experienced a significant drop in their stock value.  Over the next two and a half years, GE lost over half of their value, as the stock fell in the 22 dollar range, during the 2003 recession.

GE once again came back, experiencing strong growth into 2008, with share prices going over 40 dollars a share.  A solid dividend of 31 cents a quarter made it a strong stock during this period.  Then 2009 happened, and the stock fell all the way to 7.06 a share.  GE had to change course of their company.

During 2009, GE cut back their dividend from 31 cents a quarter to 10 cents a quarter.  GE has come back from 7.06 a share to just over 19 dollars a share today.  The dividend has also been increased, though not back to levels in 2008.  The current quarterly dividend is 17 cents a share.  Its current dividend yield is 3.6%.  However, I would believe that GE will probably boost their dividend once again in 2012, working it back towards the levels we seen in 2008.

GE earnings were $1.24 a share for 2010, and were just reported at $1.37 for 2011 and projected to be $1.56 for 2012 and $1.75 for 2013.  This is a company that is continuing to grow, even though it’s already huge.  All of this equates to an average P/E ratio of about 15.  Forward PE for 2012 is looking closer to 12 at the current projections.

My unofficial estimate is that GE will be the big winner in the Dogs of the Dow.  This Dog of the Dow will be at $25 a share by the end of the year, and the quarterly dividend will be increased to 19 cents.  GE has made money for its investors for almost a century, and minus the 10 years which have been up and down, its ready to be a top stock once again.

GE was a Dog of the Dow back in 2009.  Even with their poor year in 2009, if you bought the stock the first week of January, then sold it the first week of January in 2010, you would have still made a profit.  This is why, as I stated above, I will bet on GE making you a profit for 2012.

Disclosure: I currently do not own any shares of GE.  However, I may place a limit order on the stock during the month of February.

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It’s 2012, and I want to present the 2012 Dogs of the Dow. The Dogs are the 10 stocks with the highest dividend yield in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Many investment professionals recommend investing in the Dogs, and I do as well. Investing in the Dogs is a solid way based on past performance to outperform the market average. Buy Dogs that are in the top 10, and if they fall out of the top 10 in 2013, then sell those stocks and buy new Dogs the following year. Most of the Dogs are solid stocks that have fallen a little bit out of favor, so they have room to grow.

In 2011, the Dogs returned 17%, including dividends. This was better than the Dow’s return of 8%, and the S&P’s of just over 2%.

In 2010, the Dogs returned 21%, the Dow returned 14% and the S&P returned 15%.
All in all, the Dogs have surpassed the S&P 500 24 of the last 39 years.
So although the Dogs do not always beat the indexes, they have over 60% of the time. Betting on high yielding stocks is what I’m all about.

2012 Dogs of the Dow List

2012 Dogs of the Dow The 2012 Dogs Of The Dow

Many of the 2012 Dogs of the Dow have underperformed over the past 5 years. Check future posts as I will break down each Dog and give a recommendation on each to buy or sell. You may also look at my previous posts like How To Calculate Dividend Yield.
Dog of the Dow #1, ATT (T)
Dog of the Dow #2, Verizon (VZ)
Dog of the Dow #3, Merck (MRK)
Dog of the Dow #4, Pfizer (PFE)
Dog of the Dow #5, General Electric (GE)
Dog of the Dow #6, DuPont (DD)
Dog of the Dow #7, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)
Disclosure: I am long MRK. I do not plan to purchase any of the other Dogs within 72 hours of this post.



 

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merck Dog of the Dow #3, Merck (MRK)The #3 dog of the dow for 2012 is Merck, (Ticker symbol MRK).  Merck is a 120 billion dollar cap company, one of the largest in the world in the Pharmaceutical business. Merck is a very old company, established back in 1891.  During World War I, it was confiscated as an assets (as most German assets were) and was then brought back as a private company after.

The company has manufactured, invented and sold drugs since the start of the company. Merck also publishes “The Merck Manuals” which are a series of medical reference books.  These include the top selling medical textbook, “Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy”.

MRK has had some issues with their stocks over the past 8 years.  Once a stock that was riding around 45 dollars a share, it took a huge hit towards the end of 2004 when the company was forced to pull Vioxx off of the shelves.  The stock went down to below 26 dollars a share after the loss of the drug and imposing litigation. Merck’s stock rebounded all the way over 60 dollars a share early in 2008 before the great recession.  After May 2008, the stock never saw 40 dollars again.  Merck recently increased their dividend from 38 cents a share a quarter to 42 cents a share a quarter. Its current dividend yield is 4.29%.  The increase in dividend has boosted the stock from a 34 dollar a share stock to nearly that unreachable 40 dollars a share.  Also the dark cloud over drug stocks has started to clear and the public has started to favor them once again.

MRK earnings were $1.46 a share for 2010, and are projected to be around $3.76 for 2011 and $3.84 for 2012. This equates to an average P/E ratio of about 10.50.

My unofficial estimate is that MRK does not have the income gains to continue the growth they have shown here at the end of 2011 and early 2012, and the stock will stall around $42 a share, and may actually lose value during the year.  MRK will finish 2012 at around $38 a share.

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Jan 232012
 

Verizon logo Dog of the Dow #2, Verizon (VZ)

The #2 dog of the dow for 2012 is Verizon Communications, (Ticker symbol VZ).  Verizon is a 110 billion dollar cap company, making it one of the largest in the United States, though worth about 70 billion less than ATT. The company began its existence as Bell Atlantic in 1983, when the Bells were forced to split. Over time, they have bought back many of the “baby bells” much like ATT, and after a merger with GTE in the year 2000, the company changed its name to Verizon from Bell Atlantic.  At that time, their ticker symbol also changed from BEL to VZ.

The company originally specialized in local and long distance phone calls via landlines. Verizon still currently has 140 million landline accounts.  However, after the merger with GTE, they now own 55% of a company now known as Verizon Wireless.  The merger with GTE was one of the largest ever in history, 52 billion dollars.

VZ stock price has never really recovered from the glory days of the late 1990’s. Verizon’s stock (known as BEL during that time), was up to values close to 67 bucks a share.  After April 2000, the stock never saw 60 dollars again, and after 2001, it has never seen 50 dollars a share.  However since 2001, the dividend has gone up from 38.5 cents a share a quarter to 50 cents a share a quarter. Its current dividend yield is 5.13%.

VZ earnings were $2.17 a share for 2011, and are estimated to be $2.53 for 2012. This equates to an average P/E ratio of just under 18.

My unofficial estimate is that VZ just does not have the sales and income gains to even make the EPS reports that are coming out currently and will not gain value during 2012, and may actually lose value during the year.  VZ will finish 2012 at around $37 a share.

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Disclosure: I do not own any shares of VZ, nor do I plan to purchase any.

Dog of the Dow #2 Verizon, Originally posted January 23, 2012.

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 Dog of the Dow #1, ATT (T)

The top dog of the dow for 2012 is ATT, (Ticker symbol T).  ATT is the 9th largest company in the United States as of 2011.  The company began its existence as Southwestern Bell in 1983, when the Bells were forced to split.  Over time, they have bought back many of the “baby bells” and are now known as ATT.

The company originally specialized in local and long distance phone calls via landlines.  Now they have branched off into internet services, and wireless telephone and data services.

ATT is approximately a 180 billion dollar cap company.  The stock fell to just under 25 dollars a share during the 2009 downfall, and has slowly came back to just over 30 a share.  During this time, the dividend has gone up from 40 cents a share a quarter to 44 cents a share a quarter.  Its current dividend yield is 5.9%.

ATT earnings were $2.25 a share for 2011, and are estimated to be $2.44 for 2012.  This equates to a very favorable P/E ratio of just under 14.

My unofficial estimate, ATT will gain some value during 2012, and finish with a PE ratio of around 15.  ATT will finish 2012 at around $36 a share.

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Originally posted January 17th, 2012.

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