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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.

Earnings Reports: Essential-Service Stocks Shine

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: Don’t Know What You Got ’til it’s Gone

Power demand is on the rise, though you'd hardly know it based on the market's treatment of electricity producers.

Xcel Energy

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

CLP Holdings (OTC: CLPHY) is in great position to benefit from China's voracious and growing appetite for new power sources.

Conversion Watch

Two Canadian energy trusts are preparing for their respective conversions into dividend-paying corporations. Here's what to expect as they make the transition.

Fixing Returns

Healthy, growing companies are the best possible source of interest and dividends. There are many ways to establish solid cash streams, including traditional equities and fixed-income securities.

Big Declines Are Bullish

Solid essential-service companies survived the Great Recession and enjoyed an explosive post-Mar. 9, 2009, rally.  Now they've taken advantage of generation-low interest rates to gird for future growth.

Regulator Watch

Relations between utilities and their regulators are generally good. There are several major issues, however, that bear watching as we approach the November election.

In Perspective

Recent volatility in shares of Frontier Communications (NYSE: FTR) has more to do with technical factors than the fundamental strength of the underlying business.

Frontier Communications

Frontier Communications' (NYSE: FTR) purchase of rural phone lines from Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) was met with skepticism and a 20 percent decline for its stock. But experienced management is poised to make the deal work for shareholders.

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