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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.

Utility Takeover Targets

Increasing global dependence on energy, communications and water service has been a reliable growth story for more than a century. And it will be for at least another 100 years.

Policy and Profits

Talking policy is cheap. Creating and implementing something that works is an entirely different matter. Just ask the army of politicians, bureaucrats, industry executives, academics, consumer advocates and analysts now working on major potential regulatory changes in the energy and communications industries.

When Rates Rise

Once again, interest rates are rising with the mercury. As was the case last year, the benchmark 10-year Treasury note yield has broken above...

Global Perspectives

Carbon regulation is inevitable, and the near-term fix is to burn more natural gas, according to credit raters, regulators and utility executives...

Utilities Get Credit

Bond raters are a dour lot—and that’s just how we like them. After all, their job isn’t to hype a company’s good points, but to spotlight its weaknesses and risks.

All Aboard

This week, I'm writing from aboard the MS Deutschland on the first leg of my publisher, KCI Communications, Inc's investment cruise of the Baltic region. For 10 days, my colleagues...

Weekend Delay

I’m at sea this week and next with the KCI Baltic Sea Investment Cruise. Because I’d like to include some of my observations and analysis based on my European experience, I’m going to take the weekend to write Utility & Income. I apologize for...

Telecom’s Next Act

After a six-year depression, communications stocks are off to the races. Since they were highlighted in March 2006, the 10 “unforgiven” have returned an average of nearly 50 percent.

More On Mergers

The Texas legislature may run out of time to impose conditions on the proposed $32 billion private capital buyout of TXU Corp.

Getting Credit

Major credit raters like Standard & Poor’s aren’t perfect. But few sources provide more exhaustive research on the financial health of corporations, governments and anyone else who issues debt in the public markets.

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