While more than half this collection of Dow Industrials is too pricey and reveals only skinny dividends, four of the five lowest priced Dogs of the Dow are ready to buy. This month, Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ), Dow Inc. (DOW), Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), and Intel Corp (INTC), live up to the dogcatcher ideal of annual dividends from $1K invested exceeding their single share prices. Furthermore, one more, Cisco (CSCO) showed its price within $1.02 of meeting that goal. When the slide continues watch IBM, MMM, & JPM bubble to the surface.
With renewed downside market pressure of 60.94%, it would be possible for all ten (even AMGN) to become elite fair-priced dogs with their annual yield (from $1K invested) meeting or exceeding their single share prices by year's end.
[See a summary of top ten fair-priced August Dow Dogs in Actionable Conclusion 21 near the middle of this article.]
Four of ten top dividend-yielding Dow dogs (tinted gray in the chart below) were among the top ten gainers for the coming year based on analyst 1-year target prices. So, this October, 2023 yield-based forecast for Dow dogs, as graded by Wall St. wizard estimates, was 40% accurate.
Estimated dividend-returns from $1000 invested in the ten highest-yielding stocks and their aggregate one-year analyst median target prices, as reported by YCharts, created the 2022-23 data points for the projections below. Note: one-year target prices estimated by lone analysts were not applied. Ten probable profit-generating trades projected to October, 2023 were:
Boeing Co (BA) was forecast to net $766.51, based on the median of target price estimates from 19 analysts, less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to risk/volatility 42% greater than the market as a whole.
Intel Corp was projected to net $571.73 based on the median of target price estimates from 31 analysts, plus dividends, less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to risk/volatility 27% less than the market as a whole.
Salesforce Inc. (CRM) was projected to net $534.15, based on the median of target price estimates from 46 analysts, less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to risk/volatility 11% greater than the market as a whole.
The Walt Disney Co. (DIS) was projected to net $497.47, based on the median of target estimates from 29 analysts, less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to risk/volatility 23% over the market as a whole.
Visa Inc. (V) was projected to net $449.57, based on dividends, plus the median of target price estimates from 31 analysts, less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to risk/volatility 8% under the market as a whole.
Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) was projected to net $434.93, based on the median of target price estimates from 42 analysts, plus the estimated annual dividend, less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to risk/volatility 3% less than the market as a whole.
Cisco Systems Inc. was projected to net $410.50, based on dividends, plus the median target price estimates from 23 analysts, less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to risk/volatility 3% less than the market as a whole.
Verizon Communications Inc. was projected to net $399.23, based on dividends, plus the median of target price estimates from 24 analysts, less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to risk/volatility 61% less than the market as a whole.
Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. was projected to net $391.86, based on the median of target prices estimated by 15 analysts, less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to risk/volatility 35% less than the market as a whole.
NIKE Inc. (NKE) netted $361.77 based on the median of target price estimates from 30 analysts, less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to risk/volatility 11% greater than the market as a whole.
The average net gain in dividend and price was estimated at 48.18% on $10k invested as $1k in each of these top ten Dow Index stocks. This gain estimate was subject to average risk/volatility 5% less than the market as a whole.
Stocks earned the "dog" moniker by exhibiting three traits: (1) paying reliable, repeating dividends, (2) their prices fell to where (3) yield (dividend/price) grew higher than their peers. Thus, the highest yielding stocks in any collection became known as "dogs." More precisely, these are, in fact, best called, "underdogs".
Top ten Dow dogs as of 9/30/22 represented seven of eleven Morningstar sectors.
The lone communication services sector member took first place, Verizon . In second place was the lone basic materials dog, Dow Inc .
Healthcare paced third, and tenth represented by Walgreens Boots Alliance  and Amgen (AMGN) .
Then three technology dogs placed in the fourth, fifth, and ninth positions, Intel Corp. , International Business Machines (IBM) , and Cisco Systems Inc. .
Finally, eighth place belonged to he financial services representative, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) , to complete the October Dogs of the Dow by yield lists from YCharts.
A graph above shows the relative strengths of the top ten Dow dogs by dividend and price as of market close 9/30/2022.
This month six of the top-ten Dow dogs show an overbought condition (in which aggregate single share price of those six exceeds projected annual dividend from $10k invested as $1k each). A dividend dogcatcher priority is to select stocks whose dividends from $1K invested exceed their single share price. As mentioned above, that condition was reached by four of the five lowest priced Dogs of the Dow: Verizon Communications, Dow Inc., Walgreens Boots Alliance, and Intel Corp., live up to the dogcatcher ideal of annual dividends from $1K invested exceeding their single share prices. Furthermore, one more, Cisco Systems, showed a price within $1.02 of meeting that goal as of September 30.
This gap between high share price and low dividend per $1k (or oversold condition) means, no matter which chart you read, 23 of all 27 Dow dividend payers are low risk and low opportunity dogs, with the non-dividend payers being particularly dismal. The Dow top-ten average cost per dollar of annual dividend for August 31, 2022 was $20.78 per YCharts.
One that cut its dividend after March, 2020, Boeing (BA), has re-learned (and is now certified that it knows how to fly in some countries) and is thus prepared to take off again when airlines trust planes made in the USA again. The used plane and airbus market, however, is soaring. BA is struggling to recover from being in worse shape than was GE when excused from the Dow index.
As for DIS, the magic kingdom may be close to reinstating a dividend but don't hold your breath. Furthermore, the newest of the three latest no-dividend stocks on the block, CRM, is simply overpriced. Those three non-dividend payers are the true down in the dumps dogs of the Dow, despite analysts high-balling their future share price estimates. All of the three demonstrate a total disregard for shareholders.
Remember this dogcatcher yield-based stock-picking strategy is contrarian. That means rooting for (buying) the underdog is productive when you don't already own these stocks. If you do hold these stocks, then you must look for opportune pull-backs in price to add to your position to best improve your dividend yield. Plenty of pull-back opportunities appear to be ahead.
The charts above retain the current dividend amount and adjust share price to produce a yield (from $1K invested) to equal or exceed the single share price of each stock. As the top illustration shows, four are ideally priced. Beside Verizon Communications, Dow Inc, Walgreens Boots Alliance, and Intel Corp, breaking into the ideal zone, one more low priced stock is within $1.02 of making the grade [CSCO].
Five more, however (IBM; MMM; CVX; JPM; AMGN ) need to trim prices between $31.59 and $60.94. to attain that elusive 50/50 goal.
The alternative, of course, would be that these companies raise their dividends but that is a lot to ask in these highly disrupted, inflationary, yet cash-rich times. Mr. Market is much more effective at moving prices up or down to appropriate amounts, just watch and buy when the price moves into the sweet spot.
To quantify top dog rankings, analyst median price target estimates provided a "market sentiment" gauge of upside potential. Added to the simple high-yield "dog" metrics, analyst median price target estimates provided another tool to dig out bargains.
Ten top Dow dogs were culled by yield for their monthly update. Yield (dividend / price) results as verified by YCharts did the ranking.
As noted above, top-ten Dow dogs selected 9/30/22 by both the YChart and IndexArb methods revealing the highest dividend-yields represented seven of the eleven sectors. Consumer Cyclical and Consumer Defensive selections were missing. (Real Estate is not reported and Utilities has its own Dow Index.)
$5000 invested as $1k in each of the five lowest-priced stocks in the top ten Dow Dividend kennel by yield were predicted by analyst 1-year targets to deliver 21.74% more gain than from $5,000 invested in all ten. The very lowest priced top ten stock, Intel Corp, showed top analyst-estimated gains of 57.17%.
The five lowest-priced Dow top-yield dogs for September 30 were: Intel Corp; Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc; Verizon Communications Inc; Cisco Systems Inc; Dow Inc, with prices ranging from $25.77 to $43.93.
Five higher-priced Dow top-yield dogs for September 30 were: JPMorgan Chase & Co; 3M Co; International Business Machines Corp; Chevron Corp; Amgen Inc, whose prices ranged from $104.50 to $225.40.
The distinction between five low-priced dividend dogs and the general field of ten reflected Michael B. O'Higgins' "basic method" for beating the Dow. The scale of projected gains based on analyst targets added a unique element of "market sentiment" gauging upside potential. It provided a here-and-now equivalent of waiting a year to find out what might happen in the market.
Caution is advised, since analysts are historically only 20% to 90% accurate on the direction of change and just 0% to 15% accurate on the degree of change. (In 2017 the market somewhat followed analyst sentiment. In 2018 analysts estimates were contrarian indicators of market performance, and they continued to be contrary for the first two quarters of 2019 but switched to conforming for the last two quarters.) In 2020 analyst projections were quite contrarian. The first half of 2021 most dividend stock price actions exceeded all analyst expectations. The last half of 2021 was still gangbusters. The 2022 September sag may free-up five or more Dow dogs, sending them into the ideal zone where returns from $1k invested equal (or exceed) their single-share price.
Lest there be any doubt about the recommendations in this article, this month there were four Dow Index stocks showing dividends for $1k invested exceeding single share price: Intel Corp, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Verizon Communications, and Dow Inc.
The dogcatcher hands off recommendations are still in place referring to one that cut its dividend in March, 2020. While Boeing, has re-learned (and is certified in certain countries) how to fly, it still has to coax customers to buy planes again. BA faces strong headwinds to stay on the Dow index (despite analyst optimism for the lone American commercial air-crafter).
Also keep hands off the newest non-dividend member of the Dow, Salesforce.com Inc, until it declares a dividend from $1K invested greater than its single share price.
While subscriptions keep the ship afloat, Disney needs audiences to get strapped back into buying tickets to watch and ride before resuming a dividend.
The net gain/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 reference points for your Dow dividend dog stock purchase or sale 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.
Graphs and charts were compiled by Rydlun & Co., LLC from data derived from Indexarb; YCharts; finance.yahoo.com; analyst mean target price by YCharts. Open source dog art from dividenddogcatcher.com
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