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Dogs of the Dow

If you’re looking to put a little bite into your portfolio should you consider the Dogs Of The Dow?

What Are The Dogs of the Dow?

“Dogs of the Dow is an investment strategy that picks ten stocks in the DJIA, based on stock dividend yield. (That’s current share price / dividend)

You hold these high-yield Dow dogs for a year and then repeat the process by selecting ten new dogs,” according to the websiteWinningInvesting.com.

Theoretically these stocks are out of favor because if the dividend stays constant, a higher yield suggests a lower share price.

Confused? Perhaps it’s explained best on Wikipediawhich says proponents of the Dogs of the Dow strategy argue that blue chip companies do not alter their dividend to reflect trading conditions and, therefore, the dividend is a measure of the average worth of the company; the stock price, in contrast, fluctuates through the business cycle.

The strategy was first popularized by Michael O’ Higgins in his book, "Beating the Dow," published in 1991. O’Higgins showed that over the 17-year period from 1973 to 1989, his Dogs strategy averaged a return of 17.9% annually, compared to 11.1% for the Dow.

Did we lose you? Maybe this will help. Following are the highest stock dividend yields of the Dow 30. In otherwords

2009 Yield
1. Bank of America 9.5%
2. Citigroup 9.4%
3. General Electric 7.7%
4. Pfizer 7.5%
5. Alcoa 7.20%

So should you buy these stocks?

I’d rather eat dog then shot off the list above bristles Jeff Macke. Dogs of the Dow is statistical backdating. It doesn’t work.

If you’re looking to get long a Dow stock look at McDonald’s, says Joe Terranova.

I prefer Kraft, adds Guy Adami.

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Trader disclosure: On Dec. 29th, 2008, the following stocks and commodities mentioned or intended to be mentioned on CNBC’s Fast Money were owned by the Fast Money traders; Macke Owns (DIS), (WMT), (SDS), (TM), (MSFT); Adami Owns (AGU), (BTU), (C), (GS), (INTC), (MSFT), (NUE); Najarian Owns (DOW) Call Spread; Najarian Owns (MSFT) And Is Short (MSFT) Calls

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