Last December we examined three dividend stocks that looked like they would do well in 2014: Apple (AAPL) , Microsoft (MSFT) and Tyson Foods (TSN) . The proof is in the pudding, so let's see how these three stocks have performed so far for the year (as of about noon EDT Tuesday).
Apple: up 36%.
Microsoft: up 23%.
Tyson Foods: up 22%.
After adjusting for dividends, the companies generated more than three times the return of the overall market, as measured by the S&P 500 ETF SPY (SPY) , which has gained about 9% so far this year. These results are even more impressive than the selections two years ago in Buy and Forget These Five Dividend Stocks in 2013.
After factoring in dividend payments, some of the stocks picks from December 2012 have almost doubled, and none has lost money.
The only certainty you should anticipate in 2015 is that the market will retain its inherent uncertainty.
Energy demonstrates how quickly the market can change. Two years ago, few believed the price of a barrel of oil could fall to $75, let alone to less than $60, where it is now trading. And now, there's a very real possibility that the price may breach $50 in coming months.