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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.

The Renewed Dominance of Natural Gas

Diversified energy utilities are achieving new levels of earnings growth, thanks in part to prolific US shale plays.

Lessons from European Utilities: Wires Have What It Takes

The technological disruptions and market dynamics that have started to undermine US utility earnings could get a lot worse if Europe's experience is any guide. In this environment, wires-only companies, or grid operators, may be one of the best bets to preserve wealth and income.

First Exelon, Now FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy Corp (NYSE: FE) announced a 34.5 percent dividend reduction this week, following Exelon Corp's (NYSE: EXC) 40.9 percent cut last year, as pressures on the US electric power industry continue to mount.

Utility Evolution and the Big Bang Theory

How to invest in the technological changes sweeping the utilities industry.

The YieldCo: Return of the Utility Spin-off

A yield company is a new type of investment vehicle that’s yet another variation on utility industry spin-off strategies that have had mixed success in the past.

The Pedal’s to the Metal for the US Electric Power Industry

Innovation and regulation are double-footing the accelerator on the engine of change for the US electric power industry.

Utilities: The Capex Conundrum

As utilities reach the end of major capital expenditure programs, which will be best positioned to weather economic and financial headwinds, as well as tap new growth?

Utility CEOs: Who’s Got the Right Stuff?

A review of firms' strategy presentations at a recent industry conference reveals which utility execs may be best positioned to deliver long-term shareholder value.

Energy Storage: On the Edge of Tomorrow

California's new mandates for utility-scale battery technologies could hasten the power industry's evolution, creating new investment opportunities.

The Short and Long of Exelon

Clean as its generation portfolio is, “The President’s Utility” continues to suffer due to lower natural gas prices’ impact on the wholesale market rather than thrive due to the prospect of new regulations on greenhouse gas emissions by power producers.

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