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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.

Some Very Pressing Questions

December is almost always a great month to be holding utility stocks, and this year looks to be no different. However, there are several key items I'll be looking at in the next couple months in case the market decides to turn.

Energy Rich

I’ve been basically long-term bullish on energy since I came into this business in the mid-1980s. But although energy hasn’t always been in a bullish mode during the past 20-plus years, the market remains as strong as it was in the late 1990s. We’re going to be looking at some very strong values in coming weeks.

Subprime Again

Earnings season is winding down. As always, not every company made its numbers. In fact, even in the essential service end of the market, there were some bad misses.

Electric Gold

By 2030, America will consume 40 percent more electricity than it does now. And that conservative projection from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) depends on hefty gains in efficiency.

Utility Beat

Six years after the famous bankruptcy, Enron’s creditors are still being paid out at a trickle. The rest of the industry it looted, however, is the healthiest in decades.

Real Numbers

Does it really matter whether or not a company makes Wall Street estimates? What about employment or GDP growth numbers coming in above or below consensus? Is there a magic number for crude oil inventories that will trigger a higher or lower price?

Games People Play

Is cable's goose cooked? Is the jig up on what’s been torrid growth for the past few years? Are the big phone companies finally going to bury them?

Something from Nothing

Oil prices are rapidly approaching $100 a barrel. Coal is vilified as the cause of global warming, and a big tax imposition is only a matter of time. Natural gas is several times its levels earlier in the decade, despite a sector depression that seems to continue to worsen.

A Skeptical Eye

I’ve never been impressed by hype surrounding supposedly “disruptive” new technologies—developments billed to change the balance of power in an industry. And my skepticism meter goes positively off the chart when the claims pertain to communications and other utility-like industries.

Country Communications Kings

Plain old telephone service (POTS) is the cash cow of the communications industry. It’s a simple business: Companies earn fees providing service using the same copper wires that have linked the nation since the turn of the last century.

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