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.
Exxon Mobil's takeover of XTO Energy has cleared federal antitrust hurdles, but Comcast is encountering resistance in its effort to buy NBC Universal. Here's what's new in the mergers-and-acquisitions game.
Longtime UF holding Dominion Resources (NYSE: D) has sold its exploration and production assets, paid down debt and invested in energy infrastructure projects--all with an eye on boosting dividends at a double-digit rate.
What if a third of the power supply for an entire US state were suddenly shut off? Would its residents find themselves in the dark, as they do routinely in developing nations?
AT&T (NYSE: T) reported a 24.4 percent boost in fourth-quarter 2009 earnings, with its extremely profitable alliance with Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) activating 3.1 million iPhones.
No hole has proven too deep for regulated utilities to climb out of--provided they cut operating risk and debt and repair relations with regulators. That’s what NiSource (NYSE: NI) has done since falling from grace during the 2001-02 bear market.
As we go to press we’re still waiting on several Portfolio picks to release numbers. But the underlying business of every favorite to report thus far is in great condition. All are first-rate holdings
Roger Conrad, Editor Utility Forecaster, discusses current trends in the utilities sector.
Blame it on Sarbanes-Oxley and subsequent populist-inspired attempts by Washington to protect investors from Wall Street fraud: Year-end filing has become so regulation-driven that fourth-quarter earnings reporting season lasts literally the entire first quarter.
FirstEnergy Corp (NYSE: FE) and Allegheny Energy (NYSE: AYE) have announced the power industry’s biggest merger in years. The immediate winners of the $8.5 billion deal are shareholders of Allegheny, who received a premium of 32 percent to the company’s pre-announcement share price.