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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.

Coal: What Is It Good For?

Coal is both necessary and burdensome, but a combination of reasonable regulation and market dynamics will help the US transition to cleaner fuels.

Essential-Service Stocks Off to a Slow Start

This headline is serviceable every year around this time. Use seasonal weakness to establish positions in high-quality utility stocks.

LightSquared Looks a Lot Like Solyndra

GM (NYSE: GM) is the poster child for industrial policy gone right. But for this one bright spot there are at least two creeping shadows of regulatory overreach.

Dealing with Volatility

Portfolio Rules helped us to a double-digit overall return for 2011. The same discipline seems destined to support similar results in 2012.

Washington Calling

Politics will play a seemingly outsized role in this presidential election year.

Verizon Communications

If AT&T (NYSE: T) is the Rome of the "Telecom Moneyball" game, Income Spotlight Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) is the Sparta.

Sempra Energy

California's requirement that regulated utilities double their renewable energy use by 2020 is good news for Growth Spotlight Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE).

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.

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