DJIA / Market Close for Week Ending Friday, February 17, 2012

The Dow closed Friday up +46.02 (+0.36%) to close at 12,950.10 hitting an intraday high of 13,006.41. Briefly breaching the 13,000 mark. The last time the Dow saw 13,000 was May 20, 20008. The Dow’s lowest close since May 2008 came on March 9, 2009, closing at 6,547.05. DJIA is up +97.80% since that low nearly three years ago.

For the week, DJIA was up +1.2%, Nasdaq +1.6%, S&P 500 +1.4% and Russell 2000 +1.9%. PSVIX was up +2.06% and OVYX was up +2.22%.

Year-to-date DJIA is up +6.0%, Nasdaq +13.3%, S&P 500 +8.2% and Russell 2000 +11.8%. Year-to-date, PSVIX is up +8.39% and ODVYX is up +13.97%.

Dow top gainers Friday were INTC +2.03%, DD +1.88% and HD +1.70%. Top losers were AA -1.26%, HPQ -0.99% and BAC -0.87%.

The current top Dow component with the largest dividend yield is AT&T (T), up +11.56% (includes dividends) since this time last year and has paid out $1.74 in dividends. So 20,000 shares, currently worth $600,200 paid out $34,800 in dividends over the past 12 months. So if you are a retiree, that would be $2900 per month to add to the social security you receive. Your principal would have also gained about +5% in that time too.

Next week there are four Dow components reporting earnings. GE and JNJ are also paying dividends next week.

Dow Stock Earnings Reports Next Week

Home Depot (HD) reports earnings on 2/21/2012 before the market open.

Kraft Foods (KFT) reports earnings on 2/21/2012 after the market close.

Wal-Mart (WMT) reports earnings on 2/21/2012 before the market open.

Hewlett Packard (HPQ) reports earnings on 2/22/2012 after the market close.

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