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Utility Stocks

Utility stocks are the ultimate investment for risk-averse investors seeking to create passive income streams via reliable dividends. Utility stocks can be an essential component of your portfolio as they will not only keep your income steady during dangerous economic times, they are usually the first to soar out of recessionary times.

The Utility Stocks archive below includes the latest commentary and analysis on the most important developments affecting the essential services sectors, including water, communications, energy, and other key infrastructure industries. Find out which utility stocks are poised to benefit from ongoing developments in the utility sector and which to avoid.

Be sure to also check out our free report, Dividend Blacklist: 6 Utility Stocks You Should Sell Today to find out if your dividend is in danger.

Exelon-Constellation Energy Merger Finally Wins FERC Approval

Approval by this particular regulator provides no sign one way or the other--in an election year--where other agencies will go with their decisions.

Consolidated Communications

Rural telecom Consolidated Communications (NSDQ: CNSL) has found a sweet spot where network investment, comfortable dividend coverage and debt reduction are all possible.

TransCanada Corp

Whether its cross-border pipeline gets built or not TransCanada Corp (TSX: TRP, NYSE: TRP) is poised to build wealth for investors with fee-generating assets for years to come.

The Time to Sell

An abrupt change in management's public stance on the company dividend is grounds for removal from the Portfolio.

Elections and Utility Mergers

It looks like commitments to fund renewable energy development will be the price exacted by regulators to approve essential-service deals.

Coal: What Is It Good For?

Coal is both necessary and burdensome, but a combination of reasonable regulation and market dynamics will help the US transition to cleaner fuels.

Essential-Service Stocks Off to a Slow Start

This headline is serviceable every year around this time. Use seasonal weakness to establish positions in high-quality utility stocks.

LightSquared Looks a Lot Like Solyndra

GM (NYSE: GM) is the poster child for industrial policy gone right. But for this one bright spot there are at least two creeping shadows of regulatory overreach.

Dealing with Volatility

Portfolio Rules helped us to a double-digit overall return for 2011. The same discipline seems destined to support similar results in 2012.

Washington Calling

Politics will play a seemingly outsized role in this presidential election year.

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