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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.

Connecticut Water Service

Connecticut Water Service (NSDQ: CTWS) is a leading player in the consolidation of an essential-service industry in serious need of scale-building deals.

Industrial Strength

Energy consumption by industry surged during the second quarter, signalling that demand for juice won't contract for a third consecutive year in 2010.

Buying the Business

Second-quarter numbers are all in, and all but one UF Portfolio holding reported results that support long-term dividend sustainability.

Best Buyout Bets

More than a century of deal-making history reveals that essential-service mergers always result in stronger companies. Here's how to play utility consolidation.

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.

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