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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.

Dominion Resources: The Dividend Is Doomed

No, it isn’t. But splashy headlines attract eyeballs. They lead to poor investment decisions, too.

Net Neutrality: RIP

Net neutrality legislation is as dead as carbon regulation, at least until after November elections

Verizon Communications

Chronically underappreciated on Wall Street, Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) continues to evolve along with communications technology--and to build asset value.

MDU Resources

A longtime member of the Growth Portfolio, steady MDU Resources (NYSE: MDU) made it through the Great Recession on asset balance and conservative financial policies.

Trust Cuts

Only one Canadian income trust in the Utility Forecaster coverage universe has yet to announce its post-Jan. 1, 2011, dividend plan.

Elections and Regulators

Florida Governor Charlie Crist, now running for US Senate, has tacked yet again in his quest to use the state public service commission to his personal political advantage.

Good, Cheap and Dear

Record-low interest rates will boost essential-service earnings in the short and long term by reducing interest expenses and enabling much-needed capital investment.

Power’s High-Profit Paradigm

An aging fleet of coal-fired plants and an emerging supply-demand gap means a wave of construction spending for new sources of power.

Litigation: The High Cost of Doing Business

The litigation sensation afflicts Super Oils and other energy companies that operate around the world.

Potash Corp: Epic Battle, Instant Profits

Don’t get greedy with this one. Let the titans fight it out over food security.

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