Meet Your 2012 Dogs of the Dow

January 3, 2012 9:44 AM EST Send to a Friend
Below is the 2012 "Dogs of the Dow" list, which represents the top 10 dividend yielding stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average:

  • AT&T (NYSE: T): Price $30.24; Dividend Yield 5.8%
  • Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ): Price $40.12; Dividend Yield 5%
  • Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE: MRK): Price $37.70; Dividend Yield 4.5%
  • General Electric (NYSE: GE): Price $17.91; Dividend Yield 3.8%
  • Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE): Price $21.64; Dividend Yield 3.7%
  • DuPont (NYSE: DD): Price $45.78; Dividend Yield 3.6%
  • Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ): Price $65.58; Dividend Yield 3.5%
  • Intel Corporation (Nasdaq: INTC): Price $24.25; Dividend Yield 3.5%
  • Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE: PG): Price $66.71; Dividend Yield 3.1%
  • Kraft Foods Inc. (NYSE: KFT): Price $37.36; Dividend Yield 3.1%


New to the list this year are General Electric and Procter & Gamble.

Last year's "Dogs" gained an average of 17.2 percent, adjusted for dividends. The group was led by McDonald's Corp. (NYSE: MCD), rising 31 percent in 2011.

McDonald's is off the list for 2012 in addition to Chevron (NYSE: CVX).

The Dog of the Dow strategy suggests buying an equal amount of the 10 at the beginning of the year.


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