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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.

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.

Exelon Corp

A lot of bad news is priced into the stock of Exelon Corp (NYSE: EXC)--too much, in fact. Now's the time to pick up this high-quality power producer at a steep discount.

About That Spill

BP's (NYSE: BP) spill in the Gulf of Mexico will constrain the Super Oil's ability to pay a dividend at least until 2011. Risk-takers may have something here, but income seekers are better off elsewhere.

Washington Calling

A mid-June vote by the FCC sets the regulatory agency on a potential collision course with Internet heavyweights AT&T (NYSE: T), Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Comcast (NSDQ: CMCSA), Congress and the federal courts.

Being Prepared

Plenty of market pundits have declared the death of "buy and hold." Recent experience reminds us that sticking with solid companies for the long haul is the best way to build and maintain wealth.

Chasing Yield

Fear-driven selling has left this collection of high-quality companies yielding 7, 8 and 9 percent. Here's the secret to chasing yield.

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