Investors often bail out of dividend stocks when interest rates rise, so it's worth noting that a number of dividend-paying stocks have weathered a selloff that hit some of the most popular plays.
The stock market has given investors a bit of a roller coaster ride so far in 2015, and after all the ups and downs, the major U.S. indices are just marginally positive. For those in some dividend names, the ride has been downhill. For instance, utilities are down 6 percent year-to-date and are the worst-performing major S&P sector.
Now that the Fed has opened the door for possible interest-rate increases later this year, these types of stocks could be poised for a longer period of lagging performance. High dividend-paying stocks, such as the utilities and real estate investment trusts, are often more sensitive to interest rate moves because the relative attractiveness of those yields diminishes as interest rates head higher.