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Best Performing Dogs of the Dow Stocks of 2021

Updated Apr 1, 2021
The world of investment and finance keeps looking out for new investment and trading strategies to reap the maximum profits. A new concept that was introduced in the year 1991 and is now coming into the limelight is called the 'Dogs of the Dow' investment style. The strategy involves picking 10 highest dividend yield stocks of the past year from the 30 stocks of the Dow Jones index, and invest in this basket of 10 stocks in equal amounts.
A portfolio built with companies that qualify to be the Dogs of the Dow investment strategy stocks have managed to perform significantly better than the Dow Jones index.
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This article provides a list of Dogs of the Dow stocks which have generated the highest returns in the year 2021 till date of writing. The list is prepared based on the percentage returns generated by the individual Dogs of the Dow stocks between the end of the previous and Apr 1, 2021, and the top 10 return generating Dogs of the Dow stocks are listed below.

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The following list presents stocks of the companies which belong to the broader Dogs of the Dow sector or the stock market index, their corresponding prices as of given date, and the percentage gains realized:
 1) Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) 2) Chevron Corp. (CVX) 3) Dow Chemical (DOW) 4) Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO) 5) 3M Company (MMM)
 6) Amgen Inc (AMGN) 7) International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) 8) Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) 9) The Coca-Cola Company (KO) 10) Merck and Co., Inc. (MRK)

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Here's a look at the basic details and how the above mentioned stocks fared during the period:

Walgreens Boots Alliance

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., incorporated on September 2, 2014, is a holding company. The Company is a pharmacy-led health and wellbeing company. The Company operates through three segments: Retail Pharmacy ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Walgreens Boots Alliance.
The Deerfield, Illinois-based Health Care sector company Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) holds the number one spot among the best performing stocks of the Dogs of the Dow sector. Classified as the Medical Nursing Services business, the stock price of Walgreens Boots Alliance ended the previous year at a price of $39.88 per share while it reached the level of $54.75 apiece as of Apr 1, 2021 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 37.29%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $47.33 billion. Few leading stock market index includes Walgreens Boots Alliance in their constituent list. They include NASDAQ 100 index, Wilshire 5000 index, Dow Jones Industrial Average index, S&P 500 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

Chevron

Chevron Corporation (Chevron), incorporated on January 27, 1926, manages its investments in subsidiaries and affiliates, and provides administrative, financial, management and technology support to the United States and international subsidiaries ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Chevron.
The San Ramon, California-headquartered company Chevron Corp. (CVX) is ranked number two among the best performing stocks of Dogs of the Dow of 2021. The Energy sector business falls under the Integrated oil Companies industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2021, the stock price of Chevron has changed by 25.22 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $84.45 per share and year-to-date closing price of $105.75 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $162.57 billion to $203.88 billion during the same period. Along with Dogs of the Dow, the company is also in the business of Energy, Integrated Oil Companies, Oil & Gas Integrated, Natural Resources, Dividend Aristocrats, S&P 500, Oil, Wilshire 5000, Dow Jones, among other usual products and services. Chevron continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like Dow Jones Industrial Average index, S&P 500 index, Wilshire 5000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

Dow Chemical

The Dow Chemical Company (Dow), incorporated on June 11, 1947, is a manufacturer and supplier of products used primarily as raw materials in the manufacture of customer products and services. ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Dow Chemical.
Based on the market-cap change from $41.17 billion to $48.14 billion during the given months of the year 2021 and the share price change from $55.5 per share to a price of $64.6 per share as of Apr 1, 2021, Dow Chemical (DOW) was successful in generating YTD returns of 16.4 percentage. Standing at the number three rank in the top performing list of Dogs of the Dow stocks, the Midland, Michigan-based Dow Chemical is categorized as the Major Chemicals sub-sector business which falls under the larger Basic Industries sector. It is also a part of few famous stock indexes that are used to track the overall performance of the stock market. They include Wilshire 5000 index, Dow Jones Industrial Average index, S&P 500 index, and a few more broader-level indexes that are actively tracked in the market.

Cisco

Cisco Systems, Inc. (Cisco), incorporated on December 10, 1984, designs and sells a range of products, provides services and delivers integrated solutions to develop and connect networks around the world. ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Cisco.
During the given months of the year 2021, Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO) was successful in generating YTD returns of 16.16 percentage which helped it gain the number four spot in the list of the top performing stocks which generated maximum returns during year 2021 till date. As of December of the previous year, the stock of the San Jose, California-based Cisco closed at a price of $44.75 per share, while it traded at a price of $51.98 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. The company's market cap changed from $189.09 billion to $219.45 billion during the same period YTD. It ranks as a key constituent of major indexes that include NASDAQ 100 index, Wilshire 5000 index, Dow Jones Industrial Average index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators. The company is classified under the Technology industry sector and further specialized as a Computer Communications Equipment sector business.

3M

3M Company operates as a technology company worldwide. The company's Industrial segment offers tapes, abrasives, adhesives, ceramics, sealants, specialty materials, purification products, closure syst ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of 3M.
Rank number five in the coveted list is held by 3M Company (MMM) for being among the top performing stocks of 2021. Headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, the Miscellaneous sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Conglomerate. Since the start of the year 2021, stock of 3M has so far gained 10.25 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $174.79 per share and year-to-date price of $192.7 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $100.82 billion to $111.65 billion. The stock of 3M continues to be a major constituent of many leading stock indexes which include Wilshire 5000 index, Dow Jones Industrial Average index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Amgen

Amgen Inc., incorporated on October 31, 1986, is a biotechnology company. The Company discovers, develops, manufactures and delivers various human therapeutics. The Company operates in the human therapeutics segment. The ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Amgen.
The Thousand Oaks, California-based Amgen Inc (AMGN) belongs to the Health Care sector and is categorized as a Biotech Biological Products company. The stock of Amgen ended the previous year at a price of $229.92 per share. As of Apr 1, 2021, the stock price has reached $249.17 apiece, which indicates a change of 8.37 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the Dogs of the Dow for the year 2021 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $133.85 billion. It has now changed to $143.91 billion as of writing. Amgen continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like Wilshire 5000 index, NASDAQ 100 index, Dow Jones Industrial Average index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

IBM

International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), incorporated on June 16, 1911, is a technology company. The Company operates through five segments: Cognitive Solutions, Global Business Services (GBS), Technology Services & Cloud ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of IBM.
At number seven in the list of top stocks stands International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $125.88 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $133.23 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. It translates to a change of 5.84 percentage. The Armonk, New York-headquartered Technology sector company also saw its market value change from $112.17 billion to $119.05 billion. The Computer Manufacturing specialist also managed to outperform some of the major stock market indexes of which it is a part of. They include the Dow Jones Industrial Average index, Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

Verizon Communications

Verizon Communications Inc., incorporated on October 7, 1983, is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, provides communications, information and entertainment products and services to consumers, businesses and governmental ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Verizon Communications.
Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) has moved by -0.77 percentage over the given period of 2021-YTD, helping it gain a place at number eight among the top performing stocks. The Public Utilities sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $58.75 apiece to the price of $58.3 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Apr 1, 2021. The smart run of the New York, NY-based Telecommunications Equipment sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $243.11 billion to $241.36 billion over the same duration. Verizon Communications is a key member of many popular stock market indexes. They include Dow Jones Industrial Average index, Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Coca-Cola

The Coca-Cola Company, incorporated on September 5, 1919, is a beverage company. The Company owns or licenses and markets non-alcoholic beverage brands, primarily sparkling beverages and a range of still ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Coca-Cola.
Coca-Cola (KO) generated percentage returns of -4.25 percent during the 2021 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $54.84 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $52.51 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $235.67 billion to $226.28 billion during the same period.
The company is categorized as a Consumer Non-Durables speciality business with further classification in the Beverages Production and Distribution sub-category. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, the YTD performance of the Dogs of the Dow sector also fared better than that of the returns generated by some of the closley tracked stock market indexes. The company is a part of Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, Dow Jones Industrial Average index, and a few other wider multi-cap stock market indexes.

Merck

Merck & Co., Inc., incorporated in 1970, is a global healthcare company. The Company offers health solutions through its prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies and animal health products. It operates ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Merck.
The number ten spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Dogs of the Dow sector is taken by Merck and Co., Inc. (MRK). The company's stock price changed from $81.8 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $77.09 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of -5.76 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the Whitehouse Station, New Jersey-based Health Care sector company was from $206.96 billion to $195.06 billion. Being ranked in the top 10 best performing stocks of the Dogs of the Dow sector, the company also succeeded in outperforming the returns generated by some of the popular stock market indexes. They include the Wilshire 5000 index, Dow Jones Industrial Average index, S&P 500 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.
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