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.
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...
Carbon regulation is inevitable, and the near-term fix is to burn more natural gas, according to credit raters, regulators and utility executives...
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.
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...
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...
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.
The Texas legislature may run out of time to impose conditions on the proposed $32 billion private capital buyout of TXU Corp.
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.
Here’s a confession from a 20 years-plus industry veteran: I use investment conferences for more than making my points and chatting with current and prospective readers.
Neither bond nor equity but with elements of both, preferred stocks are Wall Street’s third way to wealth. And, as the road less traveled, the yields are often sweeter and the risks less severe.