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For most, your question comes down to which stocks offer the best potential for return (including dividends after taxes) in the future.

Keep the best and sell the weakest performers.

But there can be other considerations such as are the dividends important to you as income. Maintain diversification. A mix of stocks for less volatility.

Dividend paying stocks are popular these days because the yield provides some protection against declines in stock value. Plus they are a nice alternative to bonds when interest rates are so low.
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