In the ongoing search for yield, investors have bid up the prices of stocks and equity funds that emphasize high dividend yields. Now, some analysts are saying the trend has gone too far.

The SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (SDY), which tracks the S&P High Yield Dividend Aristocrats index, returned 22.56percent for the 12-month period ending April 30, 2013, compared to 16.89 percent for the S&P 500. Since inception in 2005, this ETF has captured $12.4 billion in assets. Three other large dividend-focused ETFs – Dividend Appreciation Fund (VIG), Dow Jones Select Dividend Index Fund (DVY) and High Dividend Yield (VYM) – together have accumulated another $36 billion.

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