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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.

Backbone Bets

Rising costs and restrained prices: That’s the deadly formula now crimping corporate earnings across the board. Among the happy exceptions are owners and builders of vital infrastructure, particularly the US power grid.

What’s Hurting

Oil prices of $130-plus per barrel are an unprecedented windfall for producers. Moreover, with global supplies tightening and demand still surging—particularly in rapidly developing Asia—they’re likely to go higher still in the months ahead.

A Big Deal

Debate over the future of oil prices and the US economy again grabbed the headlines this week. Verizon Communications’ acquisition of rural wireless rival Alltel Corp, however, is a far more significant development for investors.

Water: Still a Winner

It’s essential to life, in growing demand, and increasingly scarce and expensive: Clean water is easily one of the most compelling investment stories of the early 21st century.

Utility Beat

Investors lost billions buying competitive local exchange carriers (CLEC) in the 1990s and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) leaders such as Vonage this decade. Not surprising, many are now skeptical about the potential for WiMax technology to take down telecom’s titans.

Winning the Data Game

The world has gone wireless. Now with penetration rates exceeding 100 percent in some countries, the game has changed to wireless data. Communications service providers and equipment makers are frantically working to get their piece of the action. And the hype factor has cranked up to deafening volume.

(Em)powered for Profit

By 2030, Americans will consume 30 percent more electricity than they do now. The projected cost: $1.7 trillion.

The Other Energy

After languishing for more than two years, natural gas prices are moving higher once again. Last month, spot prices surged to more than $10 per million British thermal units (MMBtu), twice their level just a few months ago.

Utility Beat

It’s tough for many companies and individuals to get credit nowadays. But utilities are having few, if any, problems.

Utilities Power Ahead and Promise Solid Profits for Investors

Thanksgiving feasts are still nearly six months away. Investors in essential service companies, however, may want to say an extra blessing sometime in the next couple weeks.

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