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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 Battle for the Future Begins (Again)

Utilities are starting to define what they’ll need to do in order to be viable in the future--and investors will have to be adept at identifying the top firms that will deliver the best value.

Utilities for a Risk-Off World

The fearful rush by investors seeking safety will continue to benefit utilities this year, and there are still opportunities for value-conscious investors.

The Year of the Utility

The year 2014 will be remembered as one of the best for utilities’ stock performance. It was also a pivotal year for redefining the industry’s century-old business model.

What if the Shale Gas Revolution Goes Bust?

Utilities that have a diversified fuel mix can endure almost any scenario.

YieldCos: Let the Buyer Beware

Income investors should be cautious when investing in YieldCos since some carry significant risk.

The Upcoming Utility Shakeout

Utilities are increasingly making big strategic bets, and the accompanying risk will require investors to become more selective.

The Essential Internet and “Net Neutrality”

President Obama came out with a strong “net neutrality” proposal that runs counter to principles defined by the FCC earlier this year. Where do we go from here?

What the GOP Wave Means for Utilities

The next Congress will certainly be kinder to coal-heavy utilities, though the overall industry will continue its tilt toward natural gas as long as the commodity remains cheap and abundant.

Electric Utilities Warm to Solar

Distributed generation may or may not be an existential threat to electric utilities. Whatever the case may be, companies are taking steps to mitigate its potential impact.

Utilities Thrive During the Correction

The Core Holdings in Utility Forecaster’s Growth Portfolio held their value during the recent selloff and have outperformed the broad market so far this year.

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