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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
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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