Yield (dividend / price) results from here verified by Yahoo Finance for small, mid, & large cap Healthcare stocks as of market closing prices as of May 23 compared with analyst 1-yr target projections led to four actionable conclusions discussed below. Small cap firms were valued at $200M to $2B; mid cap firms were worth $2B to $10B; large caps were valued north of $10B.
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. The number of analysts providing price estimates was noted after the name for each stock. Three to nine analysts were optimal for a valid mean target price estimate.
Actionable Conclusion (1) Ten May Healthcare Dividend Dogs Scripted 7.3% to 16% Upsides
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 Gauged Health Stocks by Yield
Top ten healthcare sector dogs showing the biggest dividend yields by this screen as of May 23 represented just two industries: drug manufacturers - major; diagnostic substances. Top healthcare sector stocks were two of nine drug manufacturers - major on this list, GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE:GSK) and AstraZeneca PLC (NYSE:AZN) were the top two. Diagnostic substances firms were represented in third place by Meridian Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIVO). In fourth through tenth places, were the remaining drug manufacturers - major: Sanofi SA (NYSE:SNY); Pfizer (NYSE:PFE); Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE:LLY); AbbVie Inc. (NYSE:ABBV); Novartis (NYSE:NVS); Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK); Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE:BMY) to complete the top ten healthcare dogs.
Sector Leader Dividend vs. Price Results Compared to Dow Index Dogs
Graphs below compared relative strengths of the top ten healthcare sector dogs by yield as of market close 5/23/2014 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.
Actionable Conclusion (2): Healthcare Pups Joined the Chase as Dow Dogs Stayed Bullish
The Healthcare collection of dividend payers renewed its bullish course after April as total single share price went up 1.7% and aggregate dividend from $10k invested as $1k in each of the top ten healthcare dogs declined at a rate of 0.89%. The healthcare pack again expanded in overbought territory as aggregate single share price moved ever higher than dividend derived from $10K invested as $1k in each. December/January healthcare top ten price exceeded dividend by $76 or 20%; in February the overhang jumped to $133 or 37%; March saw the gap widen to $141 or 40%; April expanded to $178 or 50%; May saw overbought exuberance grow to $190 or 54%.
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 Worked A Near 7.75% Net Gain from Top 20 Healthcare Dogs Come May 2015
Top twenty dogs from the Healthcare sector were graphed below to show relative strengths by dividend and price as of May 23, 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.
Yahoo projected a 6.3% lower dividend from $10K invested as $1k in ten dogs in this group while aggregate single share price for those ten was projected to increase by 6.75% 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 (4): Analysts Adduce Ten Healthcare DiviDog Net Gains of 7.9% to 16.7% by May 2015
Four of the ten top dividend yielding healthcare 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 40% accurate.
Ten probable profit generating trades were revealed by Thompson/First Call in Yahoo Finance for 2015:
Pfizer netted $167.18 based on dividends plus mean target price estimate from thirteen analysts less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 22% less than the market as a whole.
Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) netted $162.72 based on dividends plus the mean of annual price estimates from twenty analysts less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 62% less than the market as a whole.
Mine Safety Applications (NYSE:MSA) netted $136.46 based on a mean target price estimate from three analysts combined with projected annual dividend less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 52% greater than the market as a whole.
Select Medical Holdings (NYSE:SEM) netted $134.64 based on dividend plus a mean target price estimate from five analysts less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 23% greater than the market as a whole.
Bristol-Myers Squibb netted $131.88 based on dividends plus the mean of annual price estimates from seventeen analysts less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 65% less than the market as a whole.
GlaxoSmithKline PLC netted $126.77 based on dividends plus a mean target price estimate from three analysts less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 34% less than the market as a whole.
HealthSouth Corp. (NYSE:HLS) netted $114.68 based on estimates from eleven analysts plus dividends less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 119% more than the market as a whole.
Sanofi SA netted $112.60, based on dividends plus mean target price estimate from three analysts less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 13% more than the market as a whole.
Teva Pharmaceutical (NYSE:TEVA) netted $82.76, based on mean target price estimates from twenty-three analysts plus dividends less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 2% less than the market as a whole.
Baxter International, Inc. (NYSE:BAX) netted $79.10 based on estimates from twelve analysts plus dividends less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 48% less than the market as a whole.
Average net gain in dividend and price was 12.58% 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.
The net gain 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 index dog dividend stock purchase research process. These were not recommendations.
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