Deep Dive: Dividend stocks, hot this year, may get even hotter thanks to the Federal Reserve

Dividend stocks, which have performed well this year, may get another boost if the Federal Reserve cuts interest rates.

With lower rates, income-seeking investors could use dividend stocks more than ever, and growth investors may also be interested because declining low interest rates prop up prices of higher-yielding stocks.

The S&P 500 Index SPX, +0.97% has risen 15.3% this year, driven in part by the change in Federal Reserve policy in March — there’s high confidence the policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee will begin to lower interest rates as early as Wednesday.

Investors have already anticipated rate cuts by pushing yields on U.S.

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