Dividend stocks lagged the broader market in 2012, as the iShares Dow Jones Select Dividend Index (DVY) returned just 10.8% last year, compared with a 13.4% gains for the SPDR S&P 500 (SPX). In addition, according to a report from Bespoke Investment Group, the decile of highest-yielding stocks in the S&P 500 fell on average during 2012.
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