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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.

From 30,000 Feet Up

Earlier this week, I got a call from a reporter at a major newspaper, asking for my “view from 30,000 feet up” on the power industry. Big picture perspectives are most useful when they help us to see the forest as a whole, rather than just tree-by-tree.

Looking Abroad For Bargains

It’s a six-year bear market and counting for the US dollar versus the world’s other major currencies. And with the exception of some select sectors such as utilities and real estate investment trusts, US stocks have lagged most of the world’s equity markets as well.

Tempting Takeovers

The proposed $40 billion-plus takeover of TXU Corp by a private-capital consortium may not be the done deal it once appeared. The vast majority of the 10 utility mergers in progress, however, are headed for success. At least a dozen more will likely be announced by the end of the year.

Utility Beat

Virginia’s electric utilities are again monopolies. That leaves just 19 deregulated states, and Michigan and Montana are considering breaking ranks as well.

 

Bigger And Better

Size and scale have long been secrets to success in the business of providing essential services. Since the advent of mass-distributed electricity, natural gas, communications and water more than a century ago, companies have consistently become more profitable by getting bigger.

On The Road

The PUHCA repeal, however, has opened the utility sector to a new group of buyers only starting to move in. One of the more aggressive players to emerge is Australia’s Macquarie Bank.

On The Bandwagon

Not everyone is on board yet--or drinking the Kool-Aid, as some call it. The world’s major scientific organizations, however, have now endorsed the concept that human-related carbon emissions are warming the Earth’s overall temperature.

Raging Bull

Is energy really still in a bull market? After the action in the last 18 months or so, investors are permitted a healthy dose of skepticism.

Regulation Rules

When it comes to utilities’ long-term profitability and performance, nothing is as important as regulation. In fact, nothing even comes close.

Country Pie

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.

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