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Executive summary:

  • 2 top Financial dividend dogs showed robust 1 yr. upsides of 22.36% & 12.80% as of Valentine's Day while eight other dogs in the top ten ranked by analyst mean target price showed single digit results averaging 5.5%
  • Dividend dropped as price rose and showed a bullish trend for top ten Financial dogs but Dow dogs sent a mixed signal.
  • Analysts projected near 18.6% average 1 yr. net gains for OZM, MTGE, ARR, MFA, CYS, DX, RSO, EFC, BKCC, & NLY.
  • Consider these stocks as possible starting points for your Financial dog dividend stock purchase research.

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Monthly results from here as verified using Yahoo Finance data for financial sector stocks as of market closing prices February 14 compared with analyst mean target price results one year hence found two stocks producing near 12.80% & 22.36% price upsides.

At the low end of the top two, American Capital Mortgage (NASDAQ:MTGE) a Bethesda, MD based diversified REIT exhibited the 12.8% price upside. At the top, Och-Ziff Capital (NYSE:OZM) an asset management firm from New York pitched 22.36% to lead the February financial sector. Eight more dogs at the back of the financial pack showed 3% to 9% price upsides.

Actionable Conclusion (1) Ten Financial Valentine Dividend Dogs Track 3% to 22% Upsides

The chart above used one year mean target price set by brokerage analysts matched against January 13 closing price to compare ten 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.

Thirty For the Money

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). In the past year the series has expanded to report (1) dividend yield; (2) price upside; (3) net gain results based on analyst 1 yr. target projections.

Dog dividend methodology is based on Michael B. O'Higgins book "Beating The Dow" (HarperCollins, 1991), which revealed how high yielding stocks whose prices increased (and whose dividend yields therefore decreased) could be sold off once a year to sweep gains and reinvest the seed money into higher yielding stocks in the same index. Now named Dogs of the Dow, O'Higgins system also works to find bargains in any collection of dividend paying stocks. Utilizing analyst price upside estimates has expanded the stock lists to include popular growth equities, if desired.

The report below tallied yield (dividend / price) results from Yahoo Finance for the financial sector as of market closing prices February 14 and compared them to results for the top ten dogs of the Dow. Arnold top financial dog selections for February were disclosed below step by step. Four additional actionable conclusions were drawn.

Dog Metrics Gauged Health Stocks by Yield

Top ten financial sector dogs showing the biggest dividend yields by this screen as of February 14 represented four industries: (1) mortgage investment; (2) residential REIT; diversified REIT; (4) asset management. Top financial sector stock, Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corp (NYSE:WMC) was one of two Mortgage Investment firms. The other, Ellington Financial LLC (NYSE:EFC), placed tenth. The best of four residential REITs, CYS Investments (NYSE:CYS) was second dog. Others in that industry placed third, fifth, and eighth: New York Mortgage Trust Inc (NASDAQ:NYMT); Armour Residential REIT (NYSE:ARR); Dynex Capital (NYSE:DX). Three Diversified REITs in fourth, sixth and seventh positions, were AG Mortgage Investment Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MITT), Resource Capital (NYSE:RSO), and American Capital Mortgage Investment Corp . The lone asset management firm, Och-Ziff Capital Management placed ninth to round out the top ten financial dogs by yield.

Sector Leader Dividend vs. Price Results Compared to Dow Index Dogs

Graphs below compare relative strengths of the top ten financial sector dogs by yield as of market close 2/14/2014 with those of the Dow industrials index. 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 made the data points shown in green for price and blue for dividends.

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Actionable Conclusion (2): Financial Dogs Were Bullish As Dow Dithered Up

Financial sector dividend payers as of February 14 showed sagging dividend from $10k invested as $1k in each of the top ten stocks, while aggregate single share price of those ten increased. Dividend dropped at a rate of 10% since January while total single share price elevated 8% for the period.

For the Dow dogs, meanwhile, projected annual dividend from $10k invested as $1K in each of the top ten Dow dogs increased 0.27% since January while aggregate single share price rose nearly 4.4%. 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) widened again. The overhang was $140 or 38% to end November; shrank back to $111 or 29% into December/January; expanded to $132 or 35% into February.

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 (3): Wall Street Wizards Saw A 14% Net Gain from Top 20 Financial Dogs Come Valentine's Day 2015

Top twenty dogs in the financial sector were graphed below to show relative strengths by dividend and price as of January 13, 2014 and those projected by analyst mean price target estimates to the same date in 2015.

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 2015.

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 2014. Projections based on estimated 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 2015 data points green for price and blue for dividend.

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Yahoo projected 2.7% lower dividend from $10K invested in this group while aggregate single share price was projected to increase by over 4% 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 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 price movement opposite market direction.

Actionable Conclusion (4): Analysts Forecast February 2015 Financial DiviDog Net Gains of 12% to Over 33%

Seven 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 70% accurate.

Ten probable profit generating trades revealed by Yahoo Finance for 2015 were:

Och-Ziff Capital netted $331.43 based on dividend plus mean target price estimates from eight analysts less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 113% more than the market as a whole.

American Capital Mortgage netted $239.07 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 54% less than the market as a whole.

Armour Residential REIT netted $207.38 based on a mean target price estimate from nine analysts combined with projected annual dividend less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 72% less than the market as a whole.

MFA Financial (NYSE:MFA) netted $182.37 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 69% less than the market as a whole.

CYS Investments, Inc. netted $162.77 based on estimates from twelve analysts plus dividends less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 82% less than the market as a whole.

Dynex Capital netted $161.49, based on dividends plus mean target price estimates from eight analysts less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 21% less than the market as a whole.

Resource Capital netted $160.92, based on dividends plus mean target price estimates from two analysts less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 18% less than the market as a whole.

Ellington Financial LLC netted $151.27 based on dividends plus a mean target price estimate from six analysts less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 36% less than the market as a whole.

BlackRock Kelso Capital (NASDAQ:BKCC) netted $145.25, based on dividend plus mean target price estimates from seven analysts less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 21% more than the market as a whole.

Annaly Capital (NYSE:NLY) netted $120.74, based on dividends plus mean target price estimates by eighteen analysts less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 94% less than the market as a whole.

The average net gain in dividend and price was over 18.6% on $10k invested as $1kin each of these ten dogs. This gain estimate was subject to average volatility 31% 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.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational and educational purposes only and should not be construed to constitute investment advice. Nothing contained herein shall constitute a solicitation, recommendation or endorsement to buy or sell any security. Prices and returns on equities in this article except as noted are listed without consideration of fees, commissions, taxes, penalties, or interest payable due to purchasing, holding, or selling same.

Source: 2 Financial Dogs See 13% And 22% February Upsides