Dividends4Life: Dividend Stocks Finally Stumble

Dividend Stocks Finally Stumble

Posted by D4L | Sunday, June 16, 2013 | | 0 comments »

Sectors boasting hefty cash payouts performed strongly in the first quarter, as investors rushed into assets offering steady cash flow. Federal Reserve stimulus had kept interest rates -- and bond yields -- low, leaving investors hungry for income. The quarter's three top sectors were health care, consumer staples, and utilities.

Amid widespread speculation about when the central bank would pull back its bond-buying, the yield on the 10-year Treasury bond rose above 2.1% for the first time in more than a year. And as Treasuries sold off, high-yielding stocks did the same. They lagged behind the broad stock-market benchmarks -- an unusual development for the group, which had seemed to defy gravity at points in this year's rally.

Source: Baron's

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