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.
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With top-quality utilities and real estate investment trusts (REITs) paying out 3 percent or even less, it’s certainly become a lot more difficult to earn a decent income return in recent years--particularly if you stick to Wall Street’s beaten path.
Markets work best when the self-interest driving them is enlightened. In other words, there’s a huge difference between decisions made solely to grab a big payday and those based on sound business principles.
We demand two things from management for our money--first, that it’s always up front with us about the prospects for our investment, informing us of risks as well as profit potential. That means clear reporting of earnings, along with where strategies and goals are succeeding and where they’re struggling.
It looks to me like regulating CO2 and controlling its emissions from power plants will be the single most important environmental issue for power companies over the next decade.
Like lightening, the flu usually strikes when you least expect it. The recent Orlando Money Show was the first I’ve missed in more than 20 years. For those who went to the show to hear me, I have a number of other appearances on the calendar this year: February 17: Washington, DC, American Association of [...]
Utilities across the board are finding that dividing their operations can create interest in their stock and gains for shareholders. And deals completed to date have had considerably more plusses than minuses.
The lesson here for investors is you can’t avoid regulatory risk entirely with utilities. And even if you completely avoid utilities, you’re still going to have regulatory risk with virtually any industry you invest in, from pharmaceuticals to Super Oil companies.
When it comes to company-transforming actions like mergers or spinoffs, what you see isn’t necessarily all you’ll get.
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.