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Well, the rationale for the F4 is that these are huge companies that are unlikely to blow away. Why not make up your own "Winot 50" made up of the 50 highest market-cap dividend paying stocks in the S&P and apply the F4 methodology to these? (Although I would probably do something like the highest yielding 10). You can even make restrictions by industry if it makes you feel better (I probably would if I were doing this.)

Soui,

Good idea. I think the key to your suggestion is picking the "member stocks". Market Cap would give the staying power you mentioned. I'm not sure what a minimum yield should be. Also, I would think some industry coverage is important for cyclicals and "out of favor" industries.

But back to F4 for a moment. Given that all of the schemes uses yield as a key selection criteria, it seems like the recent changes to the Dow "member stocks" (new stocks with little/no dividend) is altering the mix. I think I will do some research into how the Dow "member stocks" have changed over time. Do you know where I can get historical data--market cap, price and dividend for stocks?

thanks,

Ken
Wisconsin
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