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.
Maryland-based Pepco Holdings (NYSE: POM) is in the crosshairs of a governor struggling to retain his office in November.
Energy Transfer Partners LP (NYSE: ETP) reported solid distribution coverage in the second quarter, and new projects should fuel dividend hikes in 2011.
Connecticut Water Service (NSDQ: CTWS) is a leading player in the consolidation of an essential-service industry in serious need of scale-building deals.
Energy consumption by industry surged during the second quarter, signalling that demand for juice won't contract for a third consecutive year in 2010.
Second-quarter numbers are all in, and all but one UF Portfolio holding reported results that support long-term dividend sustainability.
More than a century of deal-making history reveals that essential-service mergers always result in stronger companies. Here's how to play utility consolidation.
Earnings reports for dividend-paying utility stocks suggest their ability to build wealth for investors will endure--whatever the view from 30,000 feet.
Power demand is on the rise, though you'd hardly know it based on the market's treatment of electricity producers.
Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL) has come back from the brink of bankruptcy, recently earning a credit upgrade from S&P to A- with an "excellent" risk profile.
CLP Holdings (OTC: CLPHY) is in great position to benefit from China's voracious and growing appetite for new power sources.