Monday, May 12, 2014

No Dividends, Big Problems

The average stock in the Russell 1,000 is down 2.02% since March 5th, which was the date that marked a turning point for the market where the "high growth/no earnings" trade began to unwind.  There are quite a few "high flyers" that are now down 40-60% from their recent highs, but as these stocks have been falling, low growth companies that pay dividends have been holding up well. 
In the Russell 1,000, there are 300 stocks in the index that pay no dividend.  As shown below, these 300 non-dividend payers are down an average of 7.21% since March 5th.  Conversely, the 300 highest yielding stocks in the Russell 1,000 are up an average of 2.11% since March 5th.  Talk about a tale of two markets.

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Lunch is for wimps

Lunch is for wimps
It's not a question of enough, pal. It's a zero sum game, somebody wins, somebody loses. Money itself isn't lost or made, it's simply transferred from one perception to another.