Yield (dividend / price) results from here verified by Yahoo Finance for small, mid and large cap Tech sector stocks as of market closing prices May 12 compared with analyst 1-yr target projections led to five actionable conclusions discussed below.
Wall Street Wizard Weights
One-year mean target price set by brokerage analysts multiplied by the number of shares in a $1k investment were used to compare ten stocks showing the highest upside price potential into 2015 out of 20 selected by yield. Two Techno dogs showed downward declinations. The number of analysts providing price estimates was noted after the name for each stock. Three to nine analysts was considered optimal for a valid mean target price estimate.
Actionable Conclusion (1) Ten Technology Dividend Dogs Average 28% May Upsides
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Since the fall of 2011 this report series has 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 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.
Dog Metrics Sorted Technology Sector Stocks by Yield
Seven of the top ten technology stocks showing the biggest dividend yields as of May 12 represented telecom service industries. One exception was an internet service provider, SMTP, Inc. (SMTP) which placed fourth out of ten. Top dog, NTELOS Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:NTLS) was one of two wireless communications firms. The other was Portugal Telecom S.A. (NYSE:PT) in third place.
Six domestic telecoms were slotted three, five through eight and ten: Windstream Corp (NASDAQ:WIN); Consolidated Communications Holdings (NASDAQ:CNSL); Frontier Communications (NASDAQ:FTR); Earthlink, Inc. (NASDAQ:ELNK); CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE:CTL); AT&T (NYSE:T). One telecom service - foreign firm, Nortel Invesora SA (NYSE:NTL), placed ninth to complete the top Tech ten for May.
Tec Sector Leader Dividend vs. Price Results Compared to Dow Index Top Dogs
Relative strengths of the top ten basic materials dogs graphed below by yield was plotted as of market close 5/12/2014 compared to those of the Dow. Projected annual dividend history from $10,000 invested as $1k 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 dividends.
Actionable Conclusion (2): Technology Top Ten Mixed Down As Dow Dogs Got Bullish for May
Dividend from $10k invested as $1k in each technology top ten dog fell while the aggregate single share price of those ten also declined since April. Dividend decreased at a rate of 0.4% while total single share price dropped 1.4% in that period. May's dithering market signal reflected a 50/50 split in price upsides versus down in the techno top ten.
Revelry returned to the Dow dogs as projected annual dividend from $10k invested as $1K in each of the top ten declined 9% since April. At the same time aggregate single share price jumped up 16% to confirm the bullish turn. 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 increased. The overhang was $145 or 38% for January, retreated to $125 or 33% in February, grew to $160 or 43% in March, shrunk again to $75 or 18.5% for April, then expanded to $187 or 51% in May.
To quantify top dog rankings, analyst mean price target estimates provide a "market sentiment" gauge of upside potential. Added to the simple high yield "dog" metric, analyst mean price target estimates is another tool used to dig out bargains.
Actionable Conclusion (3): Wall Street Wizards Wrestled A 17.9% Net Gain from Top 20 Technology Dogs By May 2015
Top twenty sector dogs were graphed below to show relative strengths by dividend and price as of May 12, 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 upsides to 2015.
Historic prices and actual dividends paid from $1000 invested in each of the ten highest yielding stocks and the aggregate single share prices of those twenty stocks divided by 2 created the data points for 2014. 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 2015 data points green for price and blue for dividends.
Yahoo projected 7.4% lower dividend from $10K invested in this group while aggregate single share price was projected to increase by 11.4% 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 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 stocks movement opposite of market direction.
Actionable Conclusion (4): Analysts Forecast 10 Technology Sector Dogs to Net 9.9% to 83.3% By 2015
Just two of the ten top dividend yielding Technology dogs were verified as being among the top gainers for the coming year based on analyst 1 year target prices. So this month the dog strategy for basic materials as graded by Wall St. wizards was 20% accurate.
Ten probable profit generating trades revealed by Yahoo Finance into 2015 were:
Earthlink, Inc. netted $833.45 based on a mean target price estimate from four analysts combined with projected annual dividend less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 1% more than the market as a whole.
Vodafone Group (NASDAQ:VOD) netted $536.26 based on estimates from four analysts plus dividends less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 34% less than the market as a whole.
NTELOS Holdings Corp netted $482.65 based on estimates from five analysts plus dividends less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 7% greater than the market as a whole.
Silicon Motion Technology Corp. (NASDAQ:SIMO) netted $361.65 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 50% greater than the market as a whole.
Compuware Corporation (NASDAQ:CPWR) netted $236.04, based on dividends plus a mean target price estimate by three analysts less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 23% greater than the market as a whole.
Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (NYSE:PHI) netted $180.96, based on dividend plus mean target price estimates from two analysts less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 18% greater than the market as a whole.
Comtech Telecommunications (NASDAQ:CMTL) netted $150.14 based on estimates from four analysts plus dividends less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 4% more than the market as a whole.
Cypress Semiconductor (NASDAQ:CY) netted $140.00, based on dividends plus a mean target price estimate from twelve analysts less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate was subject to volatility 60% more than the market as a whole.
Verizon Communications. (NYSE:VZ) netted $117.97 based on estimated restored dividends plus mean target price estimate from twenty-five analysts less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 96% less than the market as a whole.
BCE Inc. (NYSE:BCE) netted $99.06 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 61% less than the market as a whole.
Average net gain in dividend and price was over 31.3% on $10k invested as $1k in each of these ten dogs. This gain estimate was subject to average volatility 3% less than the market as a whole.
Actionable Conclusion (5): (Bear Alert) Analysts Forecast FTR & CTL DiviDogs to Post Net Losses of 4.9% & 7.6% By May 2015
Two probable losing trades revealed by analysts reported by Thompson/First Call in Yahoo Finance for 2015 was:
Frontier Communications was projected to lose $48.81 based on dividend and a mean target price estimate from eight analysts including $20 of broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 22% less than the market as a whole.
CenturyLink, Inc. was projected to lose $75.53 based on dividend and a mean target price estimate from ten analysts including $20 of broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 34% less than the market as a whole.
Average net loss in dividend and price including $20 in broker fees was 6.23% on $2k invested as $1k in each of these two Global dogs. This loss estimate was subject to average volatility 28% less than the market as a whole.
Net gain and loss estimates above did not factor-in any foreign or domestic tax problems resulting from distributions. Consult your tax advisor regarding the source and consequences of "dividends" from any investment.
Stocks listed above were suggested only as possible starting points for your Global dog dividend stock purchase/sale research process. These were not recommendations.
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