Dogs Of The Dow Performance Update

Includes: DIA
by: David I. Templeton, CFA

For the first eleven months of the year, the Dow Dogs price only performance has matched the Dow Index return with both returning about 6.6%. The S&P 500 Index return of 12.6% is nearly double the Dow Jones Industrial Average return. The Dow Dogs do have a yield higher than the index which results in slight outperformance for the Dow Dogs.

As noted in prior posts, the Dow Dog strategy consists of selecting the ten stocks that have the highest dividend yield from the stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Index (DJIA) after the close of business on the last trading day of the year. Once the ten stocks are determined, an investor would invest an equal dollar amount in each of the ten stocks and hold them for the entire year. Investors should note the strategy has generated mixed results over the years.