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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.

Inflation Insurance, Cheap

Rather than benefit from falling interest rates, utility stocks are still being shunned by the giant institutions that dominate stock market trading because of fears of a “Big W” recession in the US.

Spending Big on a Smarter Grid

The Electric Power Research Institute estimates “smart grid” improvements could reduce energy usage by 4 percent by 2030, saving $20.4 billion prospective generation spending and customer bills.

Eastern Alliance

When it comes to energy, it’s hard to find two countries whose interests are more conjoined than the US and China.

A Smarter Grid

One hundred projects across 49 states will receive USD3.4 billion in federal stimulus funds over the next several months for the purpose of building a “smart” power grid. The money is slated to be disbursed in 60 days and will augment USD4.7 billion already being spent by utilities with the cooperation of state regulators.

Beyond GDP

Friday’s sharp reversal of Thursday’s gain is a pretty stark reminder of how little (if any) conviction investors have about things getting better, and how willing they are to sell at any provocation. That kind of sentiment is usually a bullish sign for stocks in the longer term.

Telecom: High Yields, Low Expectations

Growth in US wireless users has slowed as penetration has risen to more than 90 percent. Saturation, however, has sown the seeds of even faster growth because demand for connectivity has exploded.

Make the Deal

Part of a rate hike is better than none: That’s a lesson a growing number of utilities are taking to heart at a time of high unemployment and rising political pressure on regulators.

The Wall of Worry

A catalyst may emerge to take down stocks. But with companies borrowing at such low rates, it’s not going to be the credit markets that do the damage. And, amazingly, few of today’s cautious investors are aware of this reality.

Spotlight on Risk

“Pro-consumer” states have often cut utilities’ returns on investment to hold down customer rates in the near term. The result is financially weaker utilities and correspondingly higher system costs and customer rates.

Takeover Talk

Takeover talk is often more fun than the deals themselves. That’s because the speculation is so pregnant with promise and everyone, from investors to business partners, is a potential winner.

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