This end of month report tallied results from here as verified using Yahoo Finance data for financial sector stocks as of market closing prices December 3 compared with analyst mean target price results one year hence. Three stocks claimed 22.74% to 24.07% price upsides. CYS Investments, Inc. (NYSE:CYS) the Waltham, MA headquartered residential REIT with 22.74% showed the least upside of those three. One step below the top, American Capital Mortgage Investment Corp (NASDAQ:MTGE) the Bethesda, MD based diversified REIT exhibited a 23.47% price upside. Armour Residential REIT (NYSE:ARR) the Vero Beach, FL based Delaware corporate investor in residential mortgage backed securities posted a 16.22% upside to lead those three. Seven other Financials back in the pack showed 12% to 19% price upsides.
The chart above used one year mean target price set by brokerage analysts multiplied by the number of shares in a $1k investment to compare ten financial sector stocks showing the highest upside 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.
Since the fall of 2011 this report series applied dog dividend methodology to uncover possible buy opportunities in each of eight major market sectors listed by Yahoo Finance: basic materials (BasMats), consumer goods (ConGo), financials (Fins), healthcare (Heal), industrial goods (IndiGo), services (Svcs), technology (Tec), and utilities (Utes).
This report presumed yield (dividend / price) dividend dog methodology applied to any sector and compared that sector side by side with the Dow industrial index leaders. Below, the Arnold Financial Sector top dog selections for November were disclosed step by step.
Dog Metrics Pointed Out Ten Top Financial Stocks
Top ten financial sector dogs showing the biggest dividend yields by this screen as of December 3 represented four industries. Top financial sector stock, Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corp (NASDAQ:NYMT) was one of two Mortgage Investment firms. The other, Invesco Mortgage Capital (NYSE:IVR), placed ninth. The best of four residential REITs, CYS Investments was second dog. Others in that industry placed third, fourth, and sixth: American Capital Agency (NASDAQ:AGNC); Armour Residential REIT ; New York Mortgage Trust Inc . In fifth, seventh, eighth, and tenth positions, diversified REITs positioned AG Mortgage Investment Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MITT), American Capital Mortgage Investment Corp , Annaly Capital (NYSE:NLY), and Resource Capital (NYSE:RSO) to round out the top ten financial dogs by yield.
Sector Leader Dividend vs. Price Results Compared to Dow Index Dogs
The graph below of relative strengths of the top ten financial sector dogs by yield as of market close 12/3/2013 compared to those of the Dow industrials index was prepared to show projected annual dividend history from $10,000 invested as $1k in each of the ten highest yielding stocks along with the total single share price of those ten stocks with the data points shown in green for price and blue for dividends.
Actionable Conclusion (1): Financial Dogs Confused as Dow Got Bullish
November financial dividend dogs retreated from a bear after June, became bullish after August, got mauled after September, and dithered after October. Aggregate dividend from $10k invested as $1k in each of the top ten stocks increased at a rate of 0.7% since October and total single share price of those ten also increased 2.8% for that period. The confused market signal was perhaps evoked by a migration to a stock screen that excluded microcap stock price and dividend data.
For the Dow dogs, meanwhile, projected annual dividend from $10k invested as $1K in each of the top ten Dow dogs increased over 2.5% since November 20, while aggregate single share price fell 1.4%. The Dow dogs overbought condition in which aggregate single share price of the ten exceeded projected annual dividend from $10k invested in those ten (@$1k each) shrank again. The overhang was $161 or 43% for September; shrank down to $111 or 30% for October; expanded to $171 or 47'% November 11; backed off to $127 or 34% November 20; shrank again to $108 or 29% to end November. Much of this bear chase was triggered by Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) replacing JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM) in the top ten Dow dogs in mid-November.
To quantify the top dog rankings, analyst mean price target estimates provided a "market sentiment" gauge of upside potential and so were added to the simple high yield "dog" metric used to dig out bargains.
Actionable Conclusion (2): Wall Street Wizards Wanted Nearly A 22% Net Gain from Top 20 Financial Dogs Come 2014
Top twenty dogs in the financials sector were graphed below to show relative strengths by dividend and price as of November 1, 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 upsides to 2014.
Historic prices and actual dividends paid from $1000 invested in the ten highest yielding stocks and the aggregate single share prices of those twenty stocks divided by 2 created the data points for 2013. Projections based on estimated increases in dividend amounts from $1000 invested in each of 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 dividends.
Yahoo projected an 8.5% lower dividend from $10K invested in this group while aggregate single share price for those ten was projected to increase by 11% 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 projection estimate. Estimates provided by one analyst were not applied (n/a).
A beta (risk) ranking for each stock was provided in the far right column of 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 stocks movement opposite of market direction.
Actionable Conclusion (3): Analysts Forecast Ten 2014 Financials DiviDog Net Gains of 22.6% to 38.8%
Six of the ten top dividend yielding financial dogs were verified as being among the ten gainers for the coming year based on analyst 1 year target prices. So this month the dog strategy for the financial sector as graded by Wall St. wizards was 60% accurate.
Ten probable profit generating trades revealed by Yahoo Finance for 2014 were:
CYS Investments, Inc. netted $388.24 based on estimates from twelve analysts plus dividends less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 77% less than the market as a whole.
Armour Residential REIT netted $379.47 based on a mean target price estimate from nine analysts combined with projected annual dividend less broker fees. The Beta number was not available for ARR.
American Capital Mortgage netted $322.56 based on a mean target price estimate from eight analysts combined with projected annual dividend less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 31% less than the market as a whole.
American Capital Agency netted $308.61 based on dividend plus mean target price estimates from nineteen analysts less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 84% less than the market as a whole.
Newcastle Investment Corp. (NYSE:NCT) netted $307.07 based on dividends plus a mean target price estimate from five analysts less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 67% more than the market as a whole.
Hatteras Financial Corp (NYSE:HTS) netted $289.03, based on dividends plus mean target price estimates from eleven analysts less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 72% less than the market as a whole.
Invesco Mortgage Capital Inc. netted $256.64, based on dividend plus mean target price estimates from nine analysts less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 15% more than the market as a whole.
Annaly Capital. netted $249.65, based on dividends plus mean target price estimates by nineteen analysts less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 81% less than the market as a whole.
MFA Financial (NYSE:MFA) netted $228.96 based on dividends plus the mean of annual price estimates from thirteen analysts less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 65% less than the market as a whole.
Spirit Realty Capital Inc. (NYSE:SRC) netted $226.19, based on dividends plus mean target price estimates from seven analysts less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 95% less than the market as a whole.
The average net gain in dividend and price was over 30% on $10k invested as $1kin each of these ten dogs. This gain estimate was subject to average volatility 52% less than the market as a whole.
These gains as estimated do not factor-in extraneous market fluctuations or any tax problems resulting from distributions. Consult your tax advisor regarding the source of "dividends" from any investment.
The stocks listed above were suggested only as decent starting points for your sector dog dividend stock purchase research process. These were not recommendations.
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