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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.

Mindless Mergers

Although mergers between essential services companies typically create a stronger entity, the latest proposed mergers in the wireless telecom space should be viewed with skepticism.

The Wholesale Electricity Market Powers Down

North American wholesale power isn't dead. But companies in this business must overcome significant challenges.

When Will Verizon Finally Strike a Deal with Vodafone?

Vodafone continues to hold fast to its highly profitable stake in Verizon’s wireless segment, but there’s always the possibility that the two telecom giants could pursue a merger of equals.

A Sour Valentine from CenturyLink

Despite posting largely solid operating results, CenturyLink’s management chose to slash the dividend in favor of share repurchases, and investors punished the wireline telecom's shares accordingly.

US Nuclear Power: Bloodied, but Unbowed

Duke Energy decided to shutter its nuclear plant rather than spend the capital necessary to get it running again. In an era of cheap, gas-fired power, the question is whether other nuclear operators may follow suit.

Utility Investors: Escape from New York

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s showdown with the Long Island Power Authority underscores why investors should focus on utilities that operate in states with a history of good regulatory relations.

The Bruising Battle for Bandwidth

Communications companies continue to pay a premium for increasingly scarce bandwidth, a trend that’s unlikely to abate anytime soon.

Utilities’ New Year Rally: Will It Last?

Utilities suffered a rare fourth-quarter drop, but started the New Year with a bang. However, economic woes pose serious headwinds, so careful stock selection remains key.

Safe Sectors for the Coming Year and Beyond

Stocks of essential services companies have been the key to thriving in a market characterized by more than a decade of heightened volatility.

Duke Makes a Deal

In the wake of its so-called “boardroom coup” over the summer, the utility giant has finally soothed state regulators with several concessions.

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