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CAPS Dogs Didn't Wilt in Summer Heat

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August 01, 2012 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: PFE , T , JPM

We've been tracking how the stocks picked by the article series Dogs of the CAPS performs real-time here on CAPS since the start of the year.

Over the past five years, picking Dow Dogs that conformed to the old Foolish Four strategy and were rated 3-stars or better on CAPS has handily outperformed the FF, the DD, the DJIA, and the S&P 500. 

While July was a hot month, the CAPS Dogs managed to rise by 4.8%, though that did trail by fractional amounts the gains made by the indexes. However, most of the gains were realized by AT&T (NYSE: T), which surged 15% higher and accounted for almost all the improvement the group made, though Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) jumped 5% too. General Electric (NYSE: GE) and Intel (Nasdaq: INTC) inched slightly lower. 

We'll be keeping an eye on our CAPS Dogs through the month of August and see if they wed themselves to higher growth.

(prices are adjusted for dividends and splits, if any) 

January Dogs 

General Electric: Starting Price: $17.60 - End Price: $20.75 +17.90%
Pfizer (NYSE: PFE): $21.21 - $23.82 +12.31%
Intel: $23.88 - $25.70 +7.62%
AT&T: $29.39 - $37.92 +29.02%
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Average Return: +16.71%
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DJIA: 12,217.56 - 13,008.68 +6.48%
S&P 500: 1257.60 - 1379.32 +9.68%

Dow Dogs: +10.4% (not including dividends)

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February Dogs

GE: Starting Price: $18.39 - End Price: $20.75 +12.83%
PFE: $20.97 - $23.82 +13.59%
INTC: $26.02 - $25.70 -1.22%
T: $29.00 - $37.92 +30.76%
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Average Return: +13.99%
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DJIA: 12,632.91 - 13,008.68 +2.97%
S&P 500: 1312.41 - 1379.32 +5.10%

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March Dogs

GE: Start Price: $18.89 - End Price: $20.75 +9.85%
PFE: $20.92 - $23.82 +13.86%
INTC: $26.69 - $25.70 -3.71%
T: $30.16 - $37.92 +25.73%

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Average Return: +11.43%
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DJIA: 12,952.07 - 13,008.68 +0.44%
S&P 500: 1365.68 - 1379.32 +1.00%

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April Dogs

GE: Start Price: $19.90 - End Price: $20.75 +4.27%
PFE: $22.43 - $23.82 +6.20%
T
: $30.79 - $37.92 +23.16%
Kraft (NYSE: KFT): $37.72 - $39.71 +5.28%

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Average Return: +9.73%
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DJIA: 13,212.04 - 13,008.68 -1.54%
S&P 500: 1408.47 - 1379.32 -2.07%

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May Dogs

GE: Start Price: $19.41 - End Price: $20.75 +6.90%
PFE: $21.87 - $23.82 +8.92%
T
: $34.17 - $37.92 +10.97%
INTC: $28.20 - $25.70 -8.87%

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Average Return: +4.48%
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DJIA: 13,213.63 - 13,008.68 -1.55%
S&P 500: 1397.91 - 1379.32 -1.33% 

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June Dogs

GE: Start Price: $18.93 - End Price: $20.75 +9.61%
PFE: $23.00 - $23.82 +3.57%
T
: $35.66 - $37.92 +6.34%
INTC: $26.65 - $25.70 -3.56%

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Average Return: +3.99%
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DJIA: 12,393.45 - 13,008.68 +4.96%
S&P 500: 1310.33 - 1379.32 +5.27%

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July Dogs

GE: Start Price: $20.84 - End Price: $20.75 -0.44%
PFE: $22.68 - $23.82 +5.03%
T
: $32.91 - $37.92 +15.22%
INTC: $25.84 - $25.70 -0.54%

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Average Return: +4.82%
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DJIA: 12,393.45 - 13,008.68 +4.96%
S&P 500: 1310.33 - 1379.32 +5.27%

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Each month I'll update the list of stocks that would be tracked by the strategy and we'll follow them here on this blog each month.

We've got a new entrant this month in JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM) as Intel fell off the list momentarily.

It shouldn't really matter when an investor starts the strategy, though some have suggested there's a "January effect" that helps the strategy, but we'll be able to prove (or disprove) that by keeping tabs on those stocks that fall off  the list and those that are added.

Here then are August's CAPS Dogs with their new starting prices: 

GE: $20.75 4-Stars
PFE: $23.82 4-Stars
JPM: $36.00 3-Stars
T: $37.92 3-Stars

DJIA: 13,008.68
S&P 500: 1379.32

Here's to having a dog in the race!

Rich  

Rich Duprey owns shares of Pfizer, General Electric, and Intel, but he holds no other position in any company mentioned. Click here to see his holdings and a short bio. The Motley Fool owns shares of Intel.Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Intel and Pfizer. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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