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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.
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Regulation isn’t all bad. For one thing, if government takes the time and trouble to monitor an industry, it’s because a relative handful of players have become dominant--and more reliable as an investment.
Duke Energy is probably best known as a utility company offering electricity services to nearly 5.5 million customers across the Carolinas, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Duke also owns more than 17,500 miles of natural gas and natural gas liquids pipelines, as well as storage and gas processing facilities. In fact, Duke is one of the largest midstream gas players--pipelines, storage and processing--in the US.
When I started writing Utility Forecaster in the late 1980s, the promise of vehicles running on something besides gasoline was big news.
Democrats’ victory in Congressional midterm elections has sharply accelerated the momentum for CO2 regulation. In fact, it may now be irresistible.
Duke Energy, one of the best known utility companies in the nation, has announced plans to separate its business into two parts: the mainly regulated utility operations as Duke Energy and its midstream gas business to be called Spectra. Under current plans, every DUK shareholder will receive one share of Spectra for every two shares of Duke owned. This could play out as a very profitable move for both Duke and its shareholders.
Anytime a political tsunami like this hits, there are repercussions in Corporate America.
For many essential service companies--i.e., power, gas, communications and water utilities--the outcome of the voting on November 7 could be critical to their prospects for the next few years.
The subject was a familiar one to me: a dire warning from the North American Electric Reliability Council that America will face a critical shortage of electricity within a decade unless there’s a massive building boom for power plants.
AT&T’s (NYSE: T) proposed merger with BellSouth (NYSE: BLS) took a giant step toward success this week.
A high-percentage bet on the growth of the Internet or a potential $18 billion boondoggle?