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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.

Reliable Giant

The Federal Communications Commission is expected to reveal a new plan to close the "broadband gap," and longtime Income Portfolio holding Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) is well positioned to profit from the government’s efforts.

Think Thorium

For now, I'd stick to the established players in nuclear power and the big construction and consulting firms that develop, design and maintain the facilities. But keep an ear to the ground on Thorium reactors.

Rates and Recession

The Florida Public Service Commission staff has issued its recommendation on Progress Energy’s (NYSE: PGN) request for a $500 million rate hike. The $174 million proposal includes numerous disallowances and a much lower allowed return than the company initially proposed.

Lost in the Clean-Tech Shuffle

Although innumerable stories emerge each day about solar, wind, fuel cells, nanotechnology and other bleeding-edge technologies, the engine behind the industrial revolution and the father of clean-tech largely goes unnoticed--hydropower.

Coping with Copenhagen

Recent polls provide more evidence that combating global warming isn't as high a priority for Americans in a recession as it would be following an economic recovery. No matter what happens in its final hours, the Copenhagen conference’s achievements will be limited by this reality.

Utilities on the Cheap

Despite solid business performance, utes have lagged the broad stock market since the rally began in March. To some extent, that’s because they didn’t fall nearly as far during the downturn.

Big Deal

There’s nothing like a blockbuster merger between household names to raise the blood pressure of every so-called defender of the public interest. And that’s definitely the case with the proposed union of Comcast Corp (NSDQ: CMCSA) with NBC Universal, currently owned by General Electric (NYSE: GE).

Recapitalizing America

Strong corporations across the board are borrowing at the lowest rates in half a century. In fact, they’re recapitalizing their balance sheets in a way that will leave them stronger and better positioned for growth than ever.

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.

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