AimHighProfits’ Six Month Peer Review: Top 5 Dow Stocks

With six months down and six months left to go, how is your investment portfolio performing so far in 2012? Did you make 728% on the Cannabis Science (CBIS) alert we issued in January? How about selling Sunpeaks Ventures (SNPK) before the dump we warned about? We’re you a subscriber already when we issued an email alert on Omni Ventures (OMVE), owners of PRVCY Couture, that gained 441%? Or are you one of those that scans the AimHighProfits site daily looking for the key phrase: “add ABCD to your list of penny stocks to watch immediately” and consistently doubling your money from our penny stock alerts?

Penny stock trading is an active sport which pays damn good money if you can become an all-star at it like we are. For those that prefer to play the character of the tortoise in the race to retirement, lets compare what all of you got from us to what you could have had if you went Dow Jones.

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5th Best Performing Dow Stock: AT&T
January 3 Open Price: 29.601
June 29 Close Price: 35.66
6 month gain: 20.47%

The No. 5 spot on the best performing Dow Jones stock goes to the telecom behemoth AT&T (NYSE: T), up 20.47% since the start of the year.

This lazy blue-chip stock is widely known among dividend investors for its deep pocketed payouts, currently a 5% yield, but T hasn’t exactly been an poster-boy stock for growth. Realistically, how many cell phones and how many businesses can connect to the Internet? For many investors, they approach AT&T as a utility stock more so  than a telecommunications company. They barely compete in the highly regulated industry by sharing a virtual duopoly with Verizon (NYSE: VZ) even if they hadn’t blown a load of cash on their worthless acquisition of T-Mobile.

AT&T can thank almost all of its 2012 PPS appreciation to the fall of the Eurozone. While Germany and the EU decides the fate of Greece, Spain and Italy, coupled with the domestic melt down in unemployment investors have found stability in AT&T stock, pushing it to a new 52-week high.

4th Best Performing Dow Stock: American Express
January 3 Open Price: 47.95
June 29 Close Price: 58.21
6 month gain: 21.40%

American Express (NYSE: AXP) has had an exceptional year thus far with consumer spending slowly recovering and financial stocks getting some of their swagger back. Comparing American Express to the “big banks” is one of the most common mistakes investors make when considering an investment in AXP.

First of all, American Express is more stable. They have a balance sheet which eats protein bars and goes to the gym 7 days a week trimming as many calories as possible by avoiding the worst of the mortgage mess. On the scales, the issuers of the elite “black card” have never had any issues with the Federal Reserve with their Tier 1 capital ratio near 11%, top three of the entire financial sector. Due to that slim stature, not only was AXP‘s dividend never reduced, but it was granted an increase to 0.20 a quarter in March along with the Fed approved $5 billion share repurchase program.

3rd Best Performing Dow Stock: Home Depot
January 3 Open Price: 41.90
June 29 Close Price: 52.99
6 month gain: 26.47%

Home improvement is a never ending project and the retail stock of Home Depot (NYSE: HD) should come to you as no surprise on this list.

As people are confined to live in their houses longer with the shrapnel of the bubble burst still affecting the housing market, homeowners are either enthusiastically sprucing up or repairing their homes. The housing bubble was a great event for HD because more people became homeowners. Now, the desperation is shifting to hope in the housing market and some are dressing up their properties to sell. These all made many investors pounce on the D.I.Y. King viewing it as a perfect time to own Home Depot stock. Fiscal 2012 revenue is on pace to beat 2009 levels as they ride 4 straight quarters of both year-over-year sales and EPS growth.

2nd Best Performing Dow Stock: Disney
January 3 Open Price: 37.97
June 29 Close Price: 48.50
6 month gain: 27.73%

The Company responsible for the start of  Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera careers, the Mouse House is alive and kicking in 2012 with The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) cranking out huge gains in the first half of 2012.

With movies like The Avengers breaking box-office records and an increase in traffic to the only theme park children and parents alike love to go to, Disney has also seen double-digit gains in its cable and broadcast divisions thanks to ESPN and ABC Family. Looking into the crystal ball of Disney’s future, this media giant is not about to rest on its laurels. You can bet your bottom dollar that DIS is banking on revenues from merchandising from its hits like The Avengers, as well as staying focused on the “cheese”: an incredible pipeline of future offerings and sequels. Dinsey’s top executive, Bob Iger, is probably the greatest CEO of all the Dow Jones listed companies, more than doubling Disney’s stock price since he took over in 2005.

The Best Performing Dow Stock: Bank of America
January 3 Open Price: 5.74
June 29 Close Price: 8.18
6 month gain: 42.51%

The stock that led almost every single trading session this year in volume, Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) is the top performer in the Dow for the first half of the year.

Although the biggest retail bank in the U.S. did not raise its dividend from a penny per quarter , investors saw opportunity when BAC stock price see-sawed on the verge of trading under $5. Even though the 800 pound elephant in the room, the bad mortgage debt, isn’t completely off the bank’s books and the future regulatory mandates haven’t gotten any easier to predict, the stock performed. Why? Because investors believed the negativity was overdone and like Gordon Ramsey in an episode of Hells Kitchen finally said to those voices: “Get Out and Piss Off!”

Bank of America is currently trading at roughly 60% of its tangible book value. That’s enough cushion for the pushin in the most traded NYSE stock since previous valuations were so intimidatingly low that they became too cheap to pass up. With BAC stock comprising of anywhere from 5% to 10% of  the NYSE’s daily volume,  the one thing you can be sure of is that it has had one heck of a good 6 months.

Bottom Line: We Know Penny Stocks and we also admit to owning 4 out of the 5 stocks listed here. We had over 140 penny stocks covered here at AimHighProfits that gained over 42.51% in the last 6 months, some in less than an hour, some in over a week. Regardless, as they say that you can’t eat chicken every single day, once in a while you have to have a good steak, consider these 5 Dow stocks to watch in the second half of 2012. DIS, AXP and T are obvious choices for dividend lovers while swing traders may enjoy BAC. Long and strong strategists should be focused on HD.

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