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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.

The Global Advantage

Investing in overseas utilities confers the same advantages of predictable cash flow. But foreign jurisdictions aren't as unsettled when it comes to regulation and taxation. Go abroad for high income and currency gains.

Stick with Stocks

Several Portfolio recommendations, particularly high-yielding Canadian trusts and MLPs, have bounced around a bit. Volatility doesn't alter the fact that these companies continue to report solid operating results.

The Bond Bubble

The recent rush to sell new debt and the voracious consumption of these issues raises questions about whether bond buyers really are more savvy than equity investors. Today's yield simply don't adequately compensate you for prevailing risks.

Entergy Corp

Entergy Corp's (NYSE: ETR) plan to spin off its nuclear assets didn't work out as planned, but the company is arguable more valuable now than when its stock traded near $120 per share.


Spain-based Telefonica (NYSE: TEF) is growing rapidly in Latin America. It's partnership with Brazil-based ViVo (NYSE: VIV) bodes well for dividend growth.

Stocks, Not Stops

The global economic recovery will lift the boats that stayed afloat during the Great Recession. Our favorites are poised to pay--whether growth picks up quickly or the up-turn is slow to develop.

Joining Forces

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.

Dominion Resources

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.

Nuclear Winter

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?

Takeover Treats and Traps

America has more than 100 electric and natural gas companies, two dozen major communications providers and roughly a dozen large, investor-owned water utilities. That adds up to colossal opportunities for consolidation in coming years.

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