Through Friday's (3/4/2016) market close, the average return for the Dogs of the Dow of 2016 continues to outperform both the S&P 500 Index and the Dow Jones Industrial Average Index. The average return through Friday for the Dow Dogs totals 3.5% versus the S&P 500 Index return of -1.7% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average Index return of -1.9%. In 2015, the average return of the 2016 Dow Dogs equaled -9.3%.
Of some note in the above table is the estimated earnings growth rate for the two energy stocks, Exxon and Chevron. This higher anticipated growth is partly possible due to the easier comparison for next year's energy company earnings versus this year's. With the market getting closer to a point where energy is no longer a potential detractor from overall index earnings, a resumption in earnings growth for the overall market is certainly achievable beginning in the second half of the year, all else being equal.
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