Tag: DCI

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Death care stocks down 18% Year to Date

I read this interesting article on Saturday morning from Yahoo Finance’s Morning Brief entitled “What to expect from a recession everyone sees coming“.  The author of the article makes this statement, “. . . recessions can be mild and short if the causes are anticipated and less systemic, and more severe and longer if they are unexpected and less intertwined with the core economy“. The article and the recent turbulence in the stock market gave me reason to look at […]

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Investors enamored with Death Care in 2021

It’s certainly been a strong year for the stock market. . . .even with recent declines last week tipped by rising inflation and fears of the Omicron variant of Covid-19.  And, the strong year has not only been good for investors in America’s best known industries and services, but in the companies that make a portion of their earnings in what we call Death Care. In writing this article I will tell you that the numbers used for a Year-to-Date […]

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Death Care Index rises 14.7% year to date

As we move into the seventh month of the calendar year, we felt that it was a good time for a check up on the Funeral Director Daily Death Care Index (DCI).  The DCI is a composite dollar amount of owning one share of stock in each of the seven public companies in the United States that have at least part of their business in the death care industry. As we said in our last check in with the DCI, […]

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Checking in on the DCI. . . up over 10% year to date

The last time we checked in on Funeral Director Daily’s proprietary Death Care Index (DCI) was in this article from January 4, 2021.  At that time we noted that the stock index of companies in the death care realm had a total return (capital appreciation plus dividend) of about 6.85% for the calendar year of 2020.  We mentioned that was not as high as the returns of the NASDAQ index or the S&P 500, but it was a solid “grind […]

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Matthews 1Q 2021 shows improvement, Memorialization segment grows revenue

Earnings period is upon us again in the death care industry.  Over the next 8 weeks the eight death care public companies that make up the Funeral Director Daily Death Care Index (DCI) will report sales and earnings for the October, November, and December periods.  To those on a calendar year accounting format that will be their 4th Quarter, but to some on a different fiscal year it will represent a different quarter of the fiscal year. Matthews International is […]

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Death Care Index still lags the market

We checked into Funeral Director Daily’s proprietary Death Care Index (DCI) after the markets closed on Monday, the last day of November.  That check-in allowed us to take a look at the eight stocks that make up the DCI and see where they were individually and as a group and how that group compared to the Dow Jones average, the S & P 500, and the technology based Nasdaq. And, while the Dow Jones counted November 2020 as its best […]

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Earnings season on its way: Zacks on Service Corp

If you watched the stock market last week you would see that it bounced around a little bit.  That happens all the time dependent on world events and the business environment, but also four times per year we get in a period where public companies report the business results for the past three month period.  And, we are in that period right now. Funeral Director Daily will follow those reports as they come out and the first company to report […]

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Checking up on the DCI — down about 34% year to date

It’s been a while since Funeral Director Daily has updated its proprietary Death Care Index or DCI.  While not a scientific weighting of public company death care stocks it does give some semblance to what the investment community is thinking about the funeral, cemetery, crematory, and preneed services business community and the direction that they are heading. The DCI is comprised of eight public companies and its value is derived at by looking at what the total aggregate value of […]

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Earnings week fast upon us. . . DCI moving up

If you follow Wall Street and the American stock market you will know that we are in the period of the summer where public companies start to report their earnings as of June 30.  For most of the companies who operate on a calendar year this is their 2nd Quarter results and gives investors a look at how a company is doing midway through the year.  For some companies who have differing fiscal years, the report may represent their 3rd […]

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Death Care Index lags Dow Jones

For those of you who follow the public companies in the death care industry we at Funeral Director Daily have initiated coverage of  what we call the Death Care Index (DCI) for the last couple of years to help you get a context of how our industry is comparing to the market as a whole.  Our DCI consists of eight stocks who have at least a portion of their business in the death care industry. We follow companies that manufacture […]