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Karen Langley and Gunjan Banerji report in The Wall Street Journal on the market’s big boost for dividend stocks, writing:

Cash is king right now. The latest evidence: the market’s embrace of dividend-paying stocks over another longtime favorite, firms that do buybacks.

Investors are rushing to companies promising regular payouts to shareholders, a sign of Wall Street’s hunger for cash in hand as the Federal Reserve raises interest rates and major stock indexes struggle.

The S&P 500 fell 0.8% Tuesday while the Nasdaq Composite dropped 2.3% as a selloff in technology stocks intensified. Coming after major indexes rallied Monday, the declines were another example of the whipsaw trading confounding investors in recent months.

That has investors turning to companies such as AT&T Inc. and cigarette-maker Altria Group Inc. as the broader market endures one of its most volatile stretches of the past decade. Worries about rising interest rates, sky-high inflation and slowing growth turned the stock market upside down, leading many investors to ditch the highflying companies that dominated over the past decade—firms that often pay no dividend or only a small one.

Since the start of 2020, companies that pay high levels of dividends have continued outperforming those with lower payouts, while shares of companies putting the most money into stock repurchases have lagged behind those with the lowest buybacks, according to Credit Suisse analysts.

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Originally posted on Your Survival Guy