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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.

Utility Stocks: Exelon Offers $7.9 Billion for Constellation Energy

Achieving scale is the goal of all essential-service companies. Here's how the latest round of mergers among utility stocks is likely to play out.

Utility Mergers: The Heat Is On

Companies have to get bigger. Regulators have to meddle. Friction creates heat.

Windstream Corp

This rural telecom is evolving from a basic wireline provider into a broadband powerhouse.

Entergy Corp

Short-term share-price weakness amid the crisis at Fukushima-Daiichi is an opportunity to build positions in a proven long-term wealth-builder.

Ferrellgas Streak in Jeopardy

A decline in disributable cash flow leaves dividend coverage at the barest of levels.

AT&T-T-Mobile: Not a Game-Changer

The big deal is likely to make those strong in the telecom space stronger and expose the weak for what they are.

Unexpected Bargains

Take advantage of temporary insanity that creates attractive bargains for inexplicably sold-off yet still solid essential-services stocks.

There’s Still Profit in Nuclear Power

Emotion--always the enemy of the long-term investor--is particularly thick in the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake. Let's cut through it.

Japan’s Nuclear Crisis and America’s Natural Gas

The US will probably slow--or maybe even halt--nuclear plant construction in the wake of Japan's crisis. Natural gas is primed to fill the power-generation void that's likely to result.

When to Sell

As the song goes, you’ve got to know when to hold ’em and know when to fold ’em.

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