Giovanny Moreano is a Quantitative Analyst at CNBC.
The third quarter has past and for investors seeking dividends, they can be glad. Standard & Poor's said yesterday that third-quarter dividend increases this year were the worst on record. Dividend payments during the third quarter fell 44.8% from a year ago, with only 191 of about 7,000 public companies -tracked by S&P- increasing their payouts.
Investors hungry for yield have latched on to "the Dogs of the Dow" strategy, which pays off more often than not.
U.S. stocks are on track for eight quarters of consecutive gains—the longest winning streak in 16 years.
Three sectors have managed gains of more than 20 percent in 2014, while two others are lagging badly.
The Dow Jones industrial average has historically taken an average of about 32 months to jump from one thousand-point mark to the next.