Tag: Death Care Index

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Death Care Index falls, trails market indexes on the year

I had planned this article subject for this date simply because we have now finished the 2nd Quarter reports for all seven death care related companies that comprise the Funeral Director Daily Death Care Index (DCI). I hesitated, but then continued to move forward with this report on the public death care companies in spite of pretty negative news from the Jackson Hole economic summit which brought the markets quite a bit south on Friday. I’ve often felt that when […]

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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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Death Care Index drops Year to Date in line with Indices

Since the first of the year there has been a lot in the news. . . . and news that is probably more consequential than other 75-day time periods over the last couple of years.  Let’s see. . . there’s been the Omicron variant, supply shortages, inflation, and the Russian invasion of the Ukraine.  On top of all of that in the United States, much of our financial picture depends on what the Federal Reserve Board will do with interest […]

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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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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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Zacks looks at the funeral industry, an update on the DCI

Last week Vrishali Bagree of Zacks presented an article that appeared on Nasdaq.com.  It was entitled “Rising demand keeps funeral industry going:  Four stocks to watch”.  You can read that article here. In essence the article tells that the Zacks Funeral Services industry is housed within the broader Zacks Consumer Staples sector.  According to the article, Zacks ranks 250 different industries and the Funeral Service industry ranks quite high at #25. Zacks also says this about the Funeral Services industry,  […]

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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 […]