Below is a look at the performance of the Dogs of the Dow strategy so far in 2019. This hands-off, buy-and-hold strategy simply buys the 10 highest yielding Dow Jones Industrial Average stocks at the start of each year.
As shown, the 10 Dogs of the Dow stocks are up 13.56% on a total return basis so far this year. The 20 non-Dogs are up 13.39%, so the performance difference between the two groups is just 17 basis points.
Two Tech stocks that are part of this year’s Dogs are up the most, with IBM up 28.05% and Cisco (CSCO) up 32.05%. IBM started the year yielding 5.52%, but its yield is now down to 4.37% after a significant share price gain. CSCO started the year with a yield of 3.05% that is down to 2.48% as of today.
Only two Dogs are down so far this year. Pfizer (PFE) is down the most at -3.28%, while Coca-Cola (KO) is just barely in the red at -0.18%.
Of the 20 non-Dogs, United Tech (UTX) is up the most at +27.24%, while Apple (AAPL) is up the 2nd most at +26.72%. Walgreens Boots (WBA) — the most recently added Dow member — is down the most at -20.55%. UnitedHealth (UNH) is the only other non-Dog that’s in the red for the year with a decline of 9.38%.
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