The year to date performance of the 2010 Dogs of the Dow are slightly ahead of the Dow Jones Industrial Average Index. As the below table indicates, the best performing Dow dog is Boeing (BA) with a YTD return of 14.2%. The worst performing dog is Verizon (VZ) returning a negative 12%. In 2009, the Dow Dogs slightly underperformed the Dow Index, 17.8 versus 18.8, respectively.
Source: Dogs of the Dow
The "Dogs of the Dow" investment strategy is one where an investor ranks the thirty Dow Jones Industrial Average members by yield, highest to lowest, based on the last trading day of the prior year. An investor then invests an equal amount in the ten highest yielding Dow stocks and holds them for one year. More information on the Dogs of the Dow investment strategy and other variations on the strategy can be found at a website devoted to Dogs of the Dow investing.