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Are Junk Bonds Signaling Pause in Equity Rally?

What does the bond market know that the stock market doesn’t?

Even the U.S. stocks (NYSEARCA:IWV) have been scoring one record high after another, the SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond ETF (NYSEARCA:JNK) has gone in the opposite direction.

The performance divergence between high yield bonds (also known as “junk bonds) (NYSEARCA:HYG) and the S&P 500 (SNP:^GSPC) began on May 22 and has grown.

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Will Dividend Yields Test ’99 Lows?

The past six years have been brutal for dividend and income investors. Zero percent interest rates have depressed bond yields (NYSEARCA:BOND) and with major stock indexes (^DJI) now trading at all-time highs, dividend yields relative to prices have fallen too.

Last year, the number of S&P 500 (NYSEARCA:SPY) stocks paying a dividend touched a 17-year high (417 or 84% of index components).

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