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.
Ignore the market turmoil and focus on what really matters: a company’s ability to support its dividend, while maintaining a strong balance sheet and investing in future growth.
AT&T hopes to retire its copper network and convert those customers to broadband. The question is whether federal regulators will go along with its plan.
Following the ravages of Hurricane Sandy, we examine how utilities have performed in restoring essential services to hard-hit areas.
The beleaguered wireless carrier hopes a potential infusion of overseas capital will help it address its debt burden and keep up with competitors.
As the nascent recovery in the housing market gains momentum, it will boost demand for utilities, which will flow through to their rate base--and eventually their stocks.
Not all dividend-paying stocks are bulwarks against market turmoil. Income-oriented investors need to be highly selective.
Last week’s Derecho knocked out power to millions of customers across 10 states, requiring a massive effort on the part of utilities to restore power. But how much of a threat do such disasters typically pose to a utility’s bottom line?
Although income-oriented investors often bemoan market volatility, a systematic approach to building positions during downturns enhances both income and total return.
Although most of the financial media is fixated on the European debt crisis, income investors should pay close attention to China. That’s because a strengthening Chinese economy will bolster markets along with dividend-paying names.
Until the European debt crisis calms, investors must monitor their holdings for any worrisome changes that could undermine a company's ability to endure a dangerous macro environment. Here's how to assess a company's vulnerability to the European contagion.