US equities struggled in the face of a global sell-off due to the corona-virus. The S&P 500 fell 12% in March to complete a 20% drop this quarter, the worst monthly and quarterly performance since 2008. The Dividend Aristocrats posted a -13.66% return in March 2020 and are down -23.29% year-to-date, which is an underperformance compared to its benchmark.
Some positive but earlier signals for an effective covid-19 therapy and efforts taken by Congress and the Federal Reserve to reduce the impact of the coronavirus on the U.S. economy helped the S&P 500 to recover from its current bottom at 2237 on 3/23/20.
Year to date 2020 performance
The Dow-index lost 15% year to date, compared to -19.2% for the dogs of the dow. All members of the dogs of the dow lost between 4.7% and 38.9%.
So let’s have a look at the performance of the Dogs of the Dow individually for last month. The table below lists all 10 dogs of the dow 2020 companies, sorted descending by dividend yield and lists returns year over last month, 3-, 6-, and 12-month periods and year-to-date.
In the two charts below (small dogs and the 5 other dogs), you will see that the average dividend yield of 4.8% is helping the dogs a bit better when looking at the total return.
For the latest data please have a look at the dogs of the dow tracker