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Higher prices dim appeal of dividend-paying stocks

Earnings growth rate among companies in S&P 500 declining for five consecutive quarters

US stocks have outperformed foreign shares for several years, a sign that better opportunities may exist elsewhere.

FUNDAMENTALLY, dividend-paying stocks have had a terrific run for the past five years and have double-digit gains in the first three quarters of 2016.

But as money has been moving out of bonds and into these equities in search of income - dividend stocks are yielding 2.5 per cent, nearly...

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