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.
Owning a basket of solid, well-funded water utilities is a great way to add safety and reliability to your portfolio of dividend-paying essential-service companies.
The ability to ride out and recover from a major storm is a function of good management, healthy regulatory relations and adequate access to capital.
Frontier Communications (NYSE: FTR) is riding the efficient integration of lines purchased from Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) to revenue and free cash flow growth.
Aqua America (NYSE: WTR) has generated a four-figure compound return over the last 20 years. Steady leadership and low-cost capital are helping the company solidify its wealth-building base for coming decades.
A suboptimal third-quarter report leaves Ferrellgas Partners LP's (NYSE: FGP) current dividend rate in doubt.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has granted license extensions for a handful of US nukes in recent weeks, but the path for further approvals remains fraught.
Macro conditions and market craziness can’t undo the wealth-building power of high-quality essential-service companies. On-the-ground results confirm that.
A recent acquisition will more than double Atlantic Power Corp's (TSX: ATP, NYSE: AT) generating capacity and lays the foundation for future growth by adding talented people, extending the financial base and further diversifying the power mix.
Energy Transfer Partners LP (NYSE: ETP) is expanding rapidly into natural gas liquids infrastructure, a strategy that promises to support dividend growth in 2011 and beyond.
Empire District Electric (NYSE: EDE) has suspended its dividend for the remainder of 2011, though management intends to pick up payments in 2012 at a reduced rate of 25 cents per share per quarter.