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.
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.
A recent Supreme Court ruling gives the EPA power to regulate carbon emissions. The impact so far has been to get at least one major power producer to do what it already would have done to replace inefficient coal plants.
The key to building wealth over the long term is to buy high-quality dividend-paying stocks at reasonable prices.
Over the last 100 years not a single union between essential-service companies has failed. Here are nine ways to play the latest round of consolidation.
Companies that invest billions in long-term projects can’t afford “short-termism.” Neither can their investors.
Natural gas will be a critical part of the answer to this question. A lot depends upon how state and federal regulators treat "fracking," which has literally unlocked more than a century's worth of homegrown fuel.
Consolidated Communications (NSDQ: CNSL) continues to add connections and generate new cash flow to support its generous dividend.
NuStar Energy LP (NYSE: NS) is more than 10 times bigger today than it was when it was spun off from its parent. It's now priced for the taking after an overreaction to new rumors of MLP taxation.