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Dogging The S&P: Week 11

As we close in on the end of Q1 it seems that most of the members of the "Dogs" team are pushing hard. The "Pedigree" team is coasting, though, with a 631 BPS lead.

Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE:PBI) continues to be to the Dogs of the S&P 500 what Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ) is to the Dogs of the Dow - fast growing. Unfortunately for the Dogs of the S&P 500, though, is the fact that Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (NYSE:CLF) is running backwards at -42.34% (total yield). Two other Dogs are in the negative yields: CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL) and Frontier Communications Corp. (NYSE:FTR). On the plus side, R.R. Donnelley & Sons (NASDAQ:RRD) is hot at 25.47%, helping Pitney Bowes to offset the three negative performers.

Some dramatic shifts among the Pedigrees have managed to slow them down a little. KLA-Tecor Corporation (NASDAQ:KLAC) lost 525 BPS from last week, now at 11.08% from 16.33% last week. On the other hand, Seagate Technology PLC (NASDAQ:STX) popped 937 BPS to 16.21, up from 6.84 last week (!). Seagate's performance helped to offset a downward trend among many of the Pedigrees.

Disclosure: I am long PFE.