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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.

Telecom Moneyball Winners

Companies with the wherewithal to invest in their networks will succeed. Those that don't won't.

Treats and Traps of 2012

Here’s the roadmap for the next 12 months for investors building wealth with dividend-paying essential-service stocks.

Two New Nukes

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved plant designs for two new nuclear power plants in the Southeast US.

Government Shutdown: Agencies Pack It in for the Seasons

It's not official, but there's no reasonable expectation for any kind of meaningful action as long as politicians are lining up for November 2012. Until then it's de facto government shutodown time.

Essential-Service Stocks Carry on Amid the Gloom

Entergy Corp (NYSE: ETR) and ITC Holdings (NYSE: ITC) have executed a deal to merger their high-voltage electricity transmission operations.

Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners LP

Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners LP (TSX: BEP-U, OTC: BRPFF) is the result of a combination of Brookfield Renewable Power Fund and renewable power assets from parent Brookfield Asset Management (TSX: BAM/A, NYSE: BAM). It's the biggest hydropower pure play on the planet.

AES Corp

New Growth Portfolio Aggressive Holding AES Corp (NYSE: AES) will begin paying a dividend in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Good News, Bad News

One grew revenue by nearly 10 percent, the other covered its payout by 1.5 times. The former was forced to suspend its dividend, the latter will review its currenty policy.

Easy Money

Two UF Portfolio Holdings were among 26 essential-service companies that issued debt in November. Southern Company (NYSE: SO) and Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) are both paying rock-bottom rates for long-term money.

Near-Term Turbulence but Happy Portents

Solid third-quarter numbers were no absolute cushion against short-term market volatility, but they’re the best guarantor of long-term dividend sustainability and growth.

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