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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.

The Fight for Scale

"The bigger the better" is the best way to describe the single most important attribute of successful, long-term wealth-builders among essential service companies.

News and Numbers

We’re off to a fine start to third-quarter earnings season.

The Forgotten Renewable

Hydropower is the only renewable that doesn’t depend on federal largesse for its ability to compete in the marketplace. Any policy change won’t impact how they do business.

10/17/11: A Day for Deals

Several Utility Forecaster Portfolio Holdings are involved in major transactions announced over the past couple days.

TRC Capital and the Mini-Tender Menace

TRC Capital would tell you that what they're doing is entirely within the rules. But that doesn't make it right.

Pembina Pipeline Corp

Pipeline companies support generous dividends with long-term, fee-based contracts to access their energy transport systems. Ones that are growing, such as Pembina Pipeline Corp (TSX: PPL, OTX: PBNPF), are among the best ways to build wealth for income investors.

Dominion Resources

Dominion Resources (NYSE: D) responded with typical quickness and competence to damage done by Hurricane Irene. Reliability is the key to its low-risk, long-term growth.

When Regulation Gets Political

Holding rates down is often a tool of vote-hungry politicians who won’t be around when their short-sightedness results in long-term damage to utility systems.

Dividend-Paying Stocks: Still Your Best Bets

The market’s bent toward “de-risking” in late summer and early fall is reflected in the UF Portfolio. Overall income stability is solid, however, and if history is any guide our picks will quickly recover any ground lost to short-term madness.

High-Yielding Utility Stocks: How to Separate the Wheat from the Chaff

Utility stocks are attracting more and more attention amid this latest market meltdown. As a group they've reduced leverage and cut risk. The best way to find long-term wealth builders, however, is to zero in on company-level numbers.

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