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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.

Power Hungry: Will the US Produce Enough Energy to Grow?

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

Consolidated Communications (NSDQ: CNSL) continues to add connections and generate new cash flow to support its generous dividend.

NuStar Energy LP

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.

Risk Falls, Risk Rises

One company comes off the Dividend Watch List, while two join the ranks of essential-service stocks whose payouts deserve a little extra scrutiny.

NRC to America: Our Nukes Are Safe

A safety review by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission undertaken in the aftermath of Japan's Fukushima-Daiichi meltdown reveals positive result in its early days, though costs are still likely to rise for some US operators.

A Look at the Numbers

Relevant metrics for dividend sustainability showed up generally positive for UF Portfolio Holdings in the first quarter, while for some companies we look forward to payout growth.

Two Roads to Telecom Profits

Declining use of copper-wire networks and rising broadband connectivity can both be routes to wealth building for selective income investors.

Highlighting Value

What happens in the market on a day-to-day basis most often has nothing to do with individual company fundmentals. As long as our essential-service favorites' underlying businesses are solid, we'll stick with them.

The End of the Energy Bull

It's coming, but not now. Despite this week's hype, there's still plenty of wealth to be generated by commodity investments.

News from Abroad

The dividend news from some shores is not as positive as it is in the US.

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