Except for week 1, the dogs have outperformed in every subsequent week. The dogs are currently down average 0.6%, and the darlings are down average 17.5%. Relative performance 16.9% in favour of dogs.
There is a little bit of "unfairness" in this comparison as technology stocks have gotten a bit of jitters lately. Plus 5 weeks is such a short period. So we will continue monitoring and keeping track of this little exercise periodically.
Just as an interesting aside, one of the market darlings is XRO. 5 weeks ago, a prominent and popular newsletter put out a recommendation for XRO. Apparently it is the best thing since sliced bread. The bread is now being offered by Mr Market at nearly 50% off. This would make it twice the bargain it once was. Why do I not hear more stringent buy calls now from the newsletter?
In this game, valuation matters a lot.