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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.

Dividend Investors: Don’t Worry About Europe, Keep an Eye on China

Although most of the financial media is fixated on the European debt crisis, income investors should pay close attention to China. That’s because a strengthening Chinese economy will bolster markets along with dividend-paying names.

The Key to Monitoring a Company’s Vulnerability

Until the European debt crisis calms, investors must monitor their holdings for any worrisome changes that could undermine a company's ability to endure a dangerous macro environment. Here's how to assess a company's vulnerability to the European contagion.

Natural Gas: The Race to $1

Natural gas has come way down from the days of 2008, when it traded north of $13.

Realities of Big Government

It's hard enough to preserve and build wealth these days without a bunch of hyperbolic partisan hacks coloring the conversation with out and out nonsense, particularly when this energy could be directed toward exposing real perniciousness.

Our “Terrific 10″ List of Utility Stocks that Pay Dividends

Here’s our list of utility stocks with the longest histories of consecutive dividend increases.

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.

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