Results from David Fish's Dividend Champions Index constituents listed as of market closing prices October 25 were compared to analyst mean target price projections one year hence. The resulting chart from that data shown below pointed to seven stocks exhibiting 2% to nearly 11% price upsides. Consolidated Edison (NYSE:ED) the New York electric utility with 2.05% showed the lowest upside of those seven. McDonald's Corp. (NYSE:MCD) the Oak Brook, IL headquartered fast food firm from the services sector exhibited a 10.68% price upside to lead the index.
On the downside, three stocks exhibited pending price slumps of nearly 5% to 17% based on 1 yr. analyst mean target pricing. Cincinnati Financial (NASDAQ:CINF) the p&c insurance firm from the financial sector presented the weakest 4.74% bear side sentiment. Mercury General Corp. (NYSE:MCY) weighed in at 16.95% to the downside to most tempt hungry bears.
The charts above used one year mean target price set by brokerage analysts multiplied by the number of shares in a $1k investment to pick out Champions Index stocks showing the greatest upside & downside price potential into 2014 out of 20 selected by yield. The number of analysts providing price estimates was noted after the name for each stock. Three to nine analysts were considered optimal for a valid mean target price estimate.
This article reported results for the Champions Index as one of fourteen in a series of index-specific articles devoted to dividend yield and price upside results. Prompted by Seeking Alpha reader requests, this series has supplied results for the following stock indices: Dow 30; Barron's 15 Gems; S&P 500; S&P Aristocrats; Russell 1000; NASDAQ 100; NYSE International 100; Dividend Achievers; Champions; Contenders; Challengers; Carnevale's Power 25; Carnevale's Super 29; Russell 2000.
The report presumed yield (dividend / price) dividend dog methodology applied to any index and compared that index side by side with the Dow. Below, the Arnold Dividend Champions Index top dog selections for October were disclosed step by step.
Dog Metrics Sorted Dividend Champions Index Stocks by Yield
David Fish's Champions list of companies paying increasing dividends for 25 consecutive years or more was sorted by yield as of October 25 to reveal the top ten. Price and dividend data was sourced from Yahoo.com.
Ten Champion dogs that promised the biggest dividend yields into October included firms representing five of nine market sectors. The top stock was one of five from the financial sector: Universal Health Realty Trust (NYSE:UHT). Mercury General Corp., HCP Inc. (NYSE:HCP), Old Republic International (NYSE:ORI), and United Bankshares Inc. (NASDAQ:UBSI), placed fourth, fifth, seventh, and tenth.
The balance of the top ten included one consumer goods, Altria Group Inc. (NYSE:MO), in second; one technology firm, AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) in third place; Bowl America Class A (NYSEMKT:BWL.A) in sixth place was the lone service dog. Two utilities, Consolidated Edison, and Northwest Natural Gas (NYSE:NWN), in eighth and ninth places completed the representation of market sectors in the champions index.
Dividend vs. Price Results Compared to Dow Dogs
The graph of relative strengths of the top ten Dividend Champion dogs by yield as of market close 10/25/2013 compared to those of the Dow. Historic projected annual dividend history from $1000 invested in each of the ten highest yielding stocks and the total single share prices of those ten stocks created the data points shown in green for price and blue for dividend.
Actionable Conclusion (1): Champions Bullish While Dow Dogs Dithered
The Champions top October dividend payers reverted to their bullish course set since November 2012. Since September, Champions top ten dog dividend dropped 0.66% while price hopped up 4.9%. Over the past year dividend from $10k invested as $1k in each of the ten dogs declined 23% while aggregate single share price rose 28%.
For the Dow dogs, meanwhile, projected annual dividend from $10k invested as $1K in each of the top ten Dow dogs dropped just 0.6% since September, while aggregate single share price swooned 11%, ending a brief bullish track. The Dow dogs overbought condition in which aggregate single share price of the ten exceeded projected annual dividend from $1k invested in each of the ten shrank. The overhang was $198 or 53% in June, then shrunk to $153 or 41% in July, compressed to $125 or 33% in August then expanded to $161 or 43% for September, then shrank down to $111 or 30% for October.
To quantify the top dog rankings, analyst mean price target estimates provide a "market sentiment" gauge of upside potential and was added to the simple high yield "dog" metric used to sniff out bargains.
Actionable Conclusion (2): Wall St. Wizards Want 5% Net Gain from Top 20 Dividend Champions Index Dogs In 2014
Top twenty dogs from David Fish's Dividend Champions index were graphed below to show relative strengths by dividend and price as of October 25, 2013, and those projected by analyst mean price target estimates to the same date in 2014.
A hypothetical $1000 investment in each equity was divided by the current share price to find the number of shares purchased. The shares number was then multiplied by projected annual per share dividend amounts to find the dividend return. Thereafter the analyst mean target price was used to gauge the stock price upsides and net gains including dividends less broker fees as of 2014.
Historic prices and actual dividends paid from $20,000 invested as $1k in each of the highest yielding stocks and the aggregate single share prices of those twenty stocks divided by 2 created data points for 2013. Projections based on estimated increases in dividend amounts from $1000 invested in the twenty highest yielding stocks and aggregate one year analyst target share prices from Yahoo Finance divided by 2 created the 2014 data points green for price and blue for dividend graphed from the plus row in the chart below exhibiting the 5.06% net gain.
Factoring in a 1.05% loss from the five negative net stocks introduced above, a net net gain of 4.01% results.
Yahoo projected a 0.05% lower dividend from $10K invested as this group while aggregate single share price was projected to increase just over 0.8% in the coming year. The number of analysts contributing to the mean target price estimate for each stock was noted in the next to the last column on the charts. Three to nine analysts was considered optimal for a valid estimate.
A beta (risk) ranking for each analyst rated stock was provided in the far right column on the above chart. A beta of 1 meant the stock's price would move with the market. Less than 1 showed lower than market movement. Higher than 1 showed greater than market movement. A negative beta number indicated the degree of a stock's movement opposite of market direction.
Actionable Conclusion (3): Analysts Forecast 4 Dividend Champion Dogs to Net 5.3% to 14% By September 2014
Four of the ten top dividend yielding Champion dogs were verified as being among the seven gainers for the coming year based on analyst 1-year target prices. So this month the dog strategy as graded by Wall St. wizards is 57% accurate.
The seven probable profit generating trades revealed by Yahoo Finance for 2014 were:
McDonald's Corp. netted $120.96 based on dividends plus mean target price estimate from twenty analysts less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 69% less than the market as a whole.
Leggett & Platt Inc. (NYSE:LEG) netted $106.85 based on a mean target price estimate from two analysts combined with projected annual dividend less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 11% less than the market as a whole.
Altria Group Inc. netted $97.79 based on a mean target price estimate from ten analysts combined with projected annual dividend less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 66% less than the market as a whole.
AT&T Inc. netted $86.00 based on dividends plus the mean of annual price estimates from twenty-five analysts less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 72% less than the market as a whole.
Vectren Corp. (NYSE:VVC) netted $79.35 based on a mean target price estimate from five analysts combined with projected annual dividend less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 59% less than the market as a whole.
HCP Inc. netted $72.22 based on dividends plus a mean target price estimate from twelve analysts less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 28% less than the market as a whole.
Consolidated Edison netted $42.47 based on a mean target price estimate from fourteen analysts combined with projected annual dividend less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 3% opposed to the market as a whole.
The average net gain in dividend and price was over 8.6% on $1k invested in each of these ten dogs. This gain estimate was subject to average volatility 58% less than the market as a whole.
Actionable Conclusion (4): (Bear Alert) Analysts Forecast 3 Dividend Champion Dogs to Post Net Losses of 3.4% to 14% By October 2014
Three probable losing trades revealed by Yahoo Finance for 2014 were:
Cincinnati Financial lost $33.95, based on dividend and mean target price estimates from five analysts including $20 of broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 23% less than the market as a whole.
Piedmont Natural Gas (NYSE:PNY) lost $36.85 based on dividends and the mean of annual price estimates from five analysts including $20 of broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 52% less than the market as a whole.
Mercury General Corp. lost $140.47, based on dividends and a mean target price estimate by ten analysts including $20 of broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 68% less than the market as a whole.
The average net loss in dividend and price was over 7% on $3k invested as $1k in each of these three dogs. This loss estimate was subject to average volatility 48% less than the market as a whole.
Stocks listed above were suggested only as possible starting points for your index dog dividend stock purchase or short sale research process. These were not recommendations.
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