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Dogs of the Dow continue to lag overall market – Part I

After outpacing the overall market the last three years as we tracked the Dogs of the Dow, this year’s group has underperformed through 2017, and continues to do so as we near the end of the second quarter.

The last time we looked at our group in May, the group of ten stocks in this year’s Dogs of the Dow was up an average of 2.0%, while the Dow Jones had appreciated 5.5%. At the current time, the group is up 4.9% (including dividends), while the Dow Jones has gained 7.6% year to date.

As will always be the case, there are some stocks that are putting up strong numbers for the year, while others are dragging down the overall group and pulling it below the overall market.

There is still half a year to go, so there is plenty of time for the group to move higher and succeed at beating the overall market, but for that to happen, a couple of the weakest performers are going to need to gain traction and trend higher through the latter part of the year.

Let’s take a closer look at each stock in this year’s group of Dogs of the Dow, and try to pinpoint where the weakness lies.

Note this will be a two-part series, and so today we will look at the first five stocks in the group, and be sure to check back tomorrow when we look at the second five stocks.

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Michael Fowlkes

Michael Fowlkes is a financial writer who has been with the Fresh Brewed Media family since 2004. Over the course of his tenure with Fresh Brewed Media, he has worn many hats, including portfolio manager, options analyst, and writer. Michael received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in Accounting and got his start in finance working as a stock trader for six years at Chase Investment Counsel in Charlottesville, Va.